Not only is there plenty at stake in this blockbuster summer pay-per-view, but there's also no shortage of questions regarding each fighter that can only be answered in the ring when Thurman puts his WBA championship on the line against Pacquiao's secondary title. Pacquiao has been so great for so long that it's easy to take for granted what he has accomplished. In one sense, you can't mention his name without affixing his historical designation as the only fighter in boxing history to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. But as incredible as that accomplishment is -- and for a fighter who turned pro at pounds and won a world title as high as junior middleweight, it really is -- Pacquiao reached that threshold nine years ago when still at the peak of his prime.
It was a. Blackjack dealers at many casinos wear football jerseys on game days. Electronic billboards at hotels up and down The Strip scream "come here to watch football. Want to join the fun? Every place we visited has Wi-Fi. We skipped Yardhouse, Tilted Kilt and other chain restaurants and bars because you can go to those places at home.
There are more than seats and they go fast, especially on Sunday. Smaller TVs are scattered throughout. Pro tips: Don't wait until Sunday morning to place a bet because there are snaking lines up until kickoff. There's a station at the Westgate. During night games, plop on one of the comfy couches if you can and just try not to doze off during commercials.
I failed. Nighttime is the perfect time to snap Instagram-worthy shots of The Strip. There are draft and bottled beers. Don't expect any football special pricing, though. There's a football brunch on Sundays.
Breakfast is available during football games. One group of guys was sprawled out on the couches on Saturday, feet up or hanging off the arm, watching football on four screens. There also are several reservable booths with individual TVs. Prices vary by day.
Burgers and truffle fries. There's a station at the SLS. Red Rock is 10 miles west of The Strip.
Sit at the sports-book bar and enjoy the best football beer special around and friendly bartenders. A highlight of the trip. The place was empty for Thursday Night Football on opening week.
Reservations can be made up to two months in advance. Regulars rave about the sirloin steak deals at the Ellis Island Cafe.
We saw Elvis and Shakira impersonators. We practically had the place to ourselves for the Cardinals-Patriots game on Sunday night. Thursday is the night for deals, with food and drink specials during Thursday Night Football.
Hitting balls? There is no charge, but you are expected to order drinks. Go at night for spectacular views of The Strip. Fans can watch in the sports book or the adjacent Del Mar lounge, which has chairs and bar seating.
The city bus rtcnv. You can buy tickets at kiosks at the stops. There are no signs for the tiny place. Two TVs will keep you from missing any football action. You can bring a slice or an entire pie back to the sports book.
There are great views of the video wall from the bar stools. There was plenty of room for Monday Night Football on opening weekend. Beer is a big focus, with brews on the menu. New this year is a small man-cave option with couches, lounge chairs and tables.
Want something heartier? Other TVs are scattered throughout, including in the sports book bar.
There are drink specials and a food truck serving Mexican food. Want a good seat without getting there a couple hours before kickoff?
Reserve a premium spot. Make reservations well in advance because slots fill up during popular games.
For grab and go food to bring to the sports book, check out Snacks next door. Put in less and they'll charge you for that Bloody Mary you just ordered. Bartenders monitor play closely. Look for the flags of the marquee teams playing that day at the entrance.
It's not huge and is not the easiest place to find, tucked away at the back of the casino, but it's a nice spot. For a spiked treat, order the bourbon cherry milkshake. Video poker is available at the large bar. Send them to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood or across the street to Bellagio to check out the free gorgeous conservatory and botanical garden.