Will this weekend’s boxing battle between world champ Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and infamous UFC star Conor McGregor be the fight of the century? The jury’s out on that one (considering we’re only 17 years into the 2000s), but it’s definitely the biggest bout in recent memory.
Who’s going to win? Currently, the oddsmakers are favoring Mayweather in the contest, which takes place on Saturday, August 26, in Las Vegas. But, if nothing else, it should be a memorable affair.
And if you can’t cough up the pay-per-view’s $89.95 price tag (or $99.95 if you want to see it in high-def), a number of viewing parties and events will be happening at various bars, casinos, and movie theaters around Metro Phoenix.
Here’s a rundown of where you can witness the battle between Mayweather and McGregor.
AMC Esplanade 14
Cinemark 16 Mesa
AMC Surprise Pointe 14
AMC Westgate 20
AMC Ahwatukee 24
Fathom Events will broadcast the entire four-hour pay-per-view at five movie theaters across the Valley. Tickets are $43.40 per person for adults and seniors, while it’s $27.13 for children and teens. You’ll have to cover the cost of drinks and snacks yourself, of course.
Casino Arizona in Scottsdale
The Arizona Room at the casino will host a 21-and-over viewing party that will include such food and
Wasted Grain in Scottsdale
This Scottsdale spot offers the least expensive opportunity to see the big fight, as the cover charge is only $10 per person. Things get going at 6 p.m. If you’d like to hang out afterward, high-energy rock/pop cover band Smashed will perform in the main room starting at 10 p.m.
Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers
The Gilbert, Phoenix, and Old Town Scottsdale locations of this fast-casual sports grill will be showing the bout on more than 30 screens each. The viewings start at 6 p.m. and there's a $20 cover.
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
All three of the Valley’s Whiskey Rows (Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert) will feature all the fisticuffs from the pay-per-view. Each will have a cover charge beginning at 5 p.m., so be sure to call each spot beforehand for details.
Partake in tacos,
A special "Pre-Concert Fight Party" will be held prior to the Trey Songz show on Saturday night at the legendary music venue. There will also be drink specials, a Capri Jewelers gift card raffle, and concert ticket giveaways between rounds during the main event. Doors open at 5 p.m. It's $20 admission for the party and attendees are required to have a ticket to the Trey Songz concert (which run $40-$145).
McFadden's in Glendale
More than 50 HDTVs throughout this Westgate sports bar and nightspot will be showing the contest. (They’ll also have a 12-by-15-foot screen to boot.) In other words, there probably won’t be a bad seat in the house. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $25 for a bar stool. VIP packages range from $30-$350 and include a variety of perks.
DJ John Blaze will be in the mix both before and after the pay-per-view at this party, which also includes games, prizes, appearances by ring girls, and more. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the PPV gets going at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45.
You can catch every single uppercut and body blow on the TVs at the CityScape location of Tilted Kilt, as well as the one along Warner Road in Tempe. It’s $20 to attend at either one and a variety of limited seating will be available at the TK in Tempe on a first-come, first-served basis for $50. Start time is 6 p.m.
Freezer’s Ice House in Tempe
This spot’s only charging $10 to watch the fight, which should leave you plenty of cash to play any of its wealth of billiards tables and arcade games. A giveaway also happens after the final knockout. The party starts at 5 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale
Talking Stick's expansive Showroom will have Mayweather v. McGregor, as well as every other fight on the card, on multiple big screens. Food and drink specials will also be available and include $5 bottled domestic beers and $5 well margaritas. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is for people 21 and over only. Tickets are $30.
Padre Murphy’s in Glendale
Padre Murphy’s is a frequent destination for West Valley sports fans. So, naturally, they’ll be showing the fight between Mayweather and McGregor.
Dave & Buster's in Tempe
This family entertainment complex at Tempe Marketplace will offer a viewing party starting at 4 p.m. Food and drink specials like the “The Right Hook” (which features a buffet and soft drinks) for $53 and “The Knockout (which includes the buffet and three cocktails) for $65.
Social Tap in Scottsdale
Want to catch the fight in a social setting? Social Tap in Scottsdale will have all the action and those who reserve any seating packages above the regular general admission will get a $25 per person food and beverage credit. General admission, which gets you inside, is $25 and bar seats are $50. Table seating is also available for $100 (two people), $200 (four people), $300 (six people).
Salt: Tacos y Tequila in Glendale
Watch McGregor and Mayweather do the “man dance” at Salt, which will have more than 20 TVs and
Ten bucks will get you access to the viewing parties at either of the two Valley locations (Camelback Corridor and Scottsdale) of this “breastaurant.” The cover starts at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Editor's note: This story has been updated since its initial publication with additional events.
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