Where to Watch: Pacquaio – Mayweather

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on April 28, 2015
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If you’ve ever had a passing thought about Don Draper as your personal role model, Saturday May 2 is the day for you, as two events that held major importance to our grandparents are taking place – The Kentucky Derby and “The Big Fight.”

The Derby comes around every year and can be seen almost anywhere. On the other hand, the fight between Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is a singular event that you just might want to pick up some stogies and roll out of the house to catch.

There was a time when boxing was on broadcast TV and every corner bar would have a big fight blaring in black-and-white from a tiny nicotine-stained box perched high in the corner of the barroom. Unfortunately, those days are over and with the fight costing bars and restaurants thousands of dollars to show – only a handful of places in Western New York are willing to bet that they can recoup their initial investment.

In a recent phone interview, Tim Klentos, owner of The Warehouse, said that businesses are being charged $3,500 for every 100 people a viewing venue can hold. It’s the reason The Warehouse is partitioning off its bar just for the fight – to limit its capacity and fight fee.

As for the fight itself, Pacquiao – Mayweather sees the undefeated American Mayweather (47-0) go up against Pacquiao (57-5-2), the Filipino many were predicting a few years back could give Mayweather a run for his money. The problem is – those predictions were made a few years ago. Since then, Pacquiao has suffered some significant defeats. The fight should have been held years ago, but negotiations to make it happen derailed several times.

Going into the fight, Pacquiao is seen as the “People’s Champion” of his native Philippines. With his aggressive style and up-beat personality, Pacquiao’s appeal has also stretched far beyond the tiny Pacific island nation.

Mayweather, on the other hand, is seen by many as a cold and calculating tactician. A student of the game, Mayweather’s unblemished record is seen to be as much a product of his brilliant defensive style, as it is his apparent skill for cherry-picking beatable opponents.

Whether you’re #TeamPacMan (like me) or #TeamMayweather going in, everyone agrees that this fight should have been held three or four years ago when both men were closer to their prime. However, much like the fight’s availability, we have to settle for what we got – and that still looks to be a pretty great night out.

Most places I talked to said they are taking reservations, and those reservations are filling up fast, so call or plan ahead.

I’m not sure where I’m going just yet, but as someone who’s part Filipino – I will be accepting shots on Manny’s behalf. Just so you know.


Acropolis on Elmwood (708 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo)

Cover charge: $20

Cover gets you two drink tickets

9pm entrance $20

(716) Food and Sport (7 Scott Street, Buffalo)

Cover charge: $20

Includes promotions and giveaways

Starts @ 8:30pm

The Warehouse (4360 Milestrip Road, Hamburg)

Cover charge: $20

Drink Specials: $3.50 local craft pints, $12/5 Labbatts

Starts @ 9pm

Bada Bing (42 West Chippewa, Buffalo)

Cover change: $20

Starts @ 8pm

Rusty Buffalo (270 Center Road, West Seneca)

Cover charge: $10 pre-sale/$15 day of (includes first drink)

Starts @ 8pm

Don Tequila Mexican Restaurant (73 Allen Street, Buffalo)

Cover change: $5

Specials: $2 drafts, $3 margaritas, 50 cent wings

Starts @ 11pm

Stir Nightclub in the Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th Street, Niagara Falls)

Cover charge: $10/VIP packages from $400

Starts @ 9pm


If you know of any other good spots to catch the fight please drop us a line.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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