If you’re not sure where to watch Saturday night’s highly anticipated welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, several Fresno sports bars will be showing the big showdown.
Most will be paying anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 to show the fight, with most charging customers to watch based on occupancy.
The fight card begins at 6 p.m. at MGM Garden Arena, with Mayweather and Pacquiao likely in the ring for their bout by 8:20 p.m.
Club One president Kyle Kirkland said he expects a capacity crowd of 100 to 150 at the downtown casino that includes 12 televisions over 80 inches of the 50 to 60 screens total throughout the facility.
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“Not a bad seat anywhere,” Kirkland said “We’re expecting a good crowd. We had some people calling in. This is an interesting fight and it’s going to be exciting.”
Club One will charge customers $30 to $40 apiece to watch the fights.
At the Press Box in Fresno and Clovis, said general manager Meredith Jenkins said their occupancy is 100 and close to filling up. The fights will be shown on 20 televisions. Press Box is taking reservations at $42 per person and $65 for two people and there will be a $25 tab minimum per person.
“If we don’t fill up, we can take walk-ins,” said Jenkins, who said her establishment will be charged $4,000 to show the fights. “We always have a good camaraderie when we have events like this. It’s very exciting and fun. I’ve talked to a lot of people who are very excited to see the fight.”
HCK Kitchen & Cocktails will have a $20 cover after 6 p.m. and will be showing the fights on 20 HDTVs with surround sound, said owner Lewis Everk.
“We are expecting a big crowd,” Everk said. “Everyone is buzzing about the ‘Fight of the Century.’ All of our tables are sold out and we are standing room only, first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is suggested at 6 p.m. “
Other establishments showing the fights:
Fat-Boys Taqueria & Sports Bar, Aldo’s Nightclub, 500 Club Casino Bar & Grill and Bobby Salazar’s in the Tower District will show the fights.
Score Sports Cafe & Lounge had planned to show the fights but canceled their viewing party based on low numbers.