Why did this match take so long? No one really knows. But it doesn't matter: The breakthrough moment finally happened a few months ago, when the two fighters met — yes, world, South Florida says "you're welcome" — at a Miami Heat basketball game on January 27.
Now, thanks to that magic meeting in the Magic City, the real deal is now being hailed as the "Fight of The Century," and thousands of fans have indeed been waiting years for a bout between these pound-for-pound titans – generally regarded as the best boxers in the world.
According to WalletHub — a one-stop destination for all the tools and information consumers and small-business owners need to make better financial decisions and save money — 61 percent of experts believe Mayweather will win. There is expected to be more than $74 million in ticket sales revenue at the 15,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena. Domestic pay-per-view revenue is estimated to gross somewhere around $300 million. And Tecate bid $5.6 million to be the official beer for the fight, topping Corona’s $5.2 million bid.
To celebrate this historic event, a number of Broward and Palm Beach bars and restaurants will host their own fight-night party on Saturday, May 2. Sure, you can stay at home and watch Pacquaio and Mayweather duke it out from the comfort of your own couch — but what fun is that?
Himmarshee Public House
On Saturday, May 2, join Himmarshee Public House (201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) to watch the fight on one of the 50-plus TVs (including the 300-inch LED TV) and enjoy a selection of 65 craft beers at the new bar, as well as bottle service and a new menu. The event will begin at 9 p.m., and doors close at 4 a.m. General-admission tickets are now on sale for $20 at EventBrite. Ladies can attend the event for free. VIP tables and couches are available. To reserve these VIP options, call 954-616-5275.
Bokamper's Sports Bar & Grill
The ultimate fight deserves the ultimate sports bar, and that pretty much defines Bokamper's (3115 NE 32nd Ave., Ft Lauderdale). The restaurant and bar delivers the ultimate experience with more than 50 TVs, a waterside view, and plenty of action. Come May 2, they'll be streaming the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight throughout the restaurant. Starting at 9 p.m., you can take up a front-row seat with VIP service for $99 per person, which includes event admission, a full buffet, and premium open bar until the final bell. Regular event admission is $20 per person. Call 954-900-5584, or visit bokampers.com.
Duffy's Sports Grill
The Florida-based sports bar and restaurant chain will be showing the fight live at each of its South Florida locations, including Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Weston, and Coconut Creek. The restaurants are keeping it simple: a $20 cover charge will be posted to each customer with an open tab starting at 8 p.m., at which time an automatic 15 percent gratuity will also be charged to all open tabs not closed before the 8 p.m. cut-off time. All you need to do is show up, grab a seat, and enjoy.
Starting at 7 p.m. on May 2, the fight we have all been waiting for — Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao — will begin airing live from Las Vegas at American Social (721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). There is a $15 cover charge. Call 954-764-7005, or visit AmSoBar.com.
Watch the "Fight of the Century" on more than 111 HD TVs at the Tilted Kilt (219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale), downtown Fort Lauderdale's Irish-themed sports pubs and self proclaimed "breastaurant." No cover charge. Event starts at 9 p.m. To reserve a table, call 964-763-KILT.
Frankey’s Sports Bar
Gulfstream's newest sports bar, Frankey's (Building 1720, 900 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach), will host a Mayweather-versus-Pacquiao fight viewing party starting at 9 p.m. Purchase a four-course dining package for $80 per person or a bar package priced at $50 per person (or both). Call Frankey’s Sports Bar at 954-464-2333, or visit thevillageatgulfstreampark.com.
Strike 10 Bowling & Sports Lounge
Newly-opened Strike 10 Bowling & Sports Lounge (801 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach), also located in the village at Gulfstream Park, will be showing the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight party, with general admission priced at $20 per person, and VIP seating for $50 per person. The new bowling lounge offers food and drink with a full bar, casual lounge-style seating, and 10 bowling lanes available for reservation. Call 954-417-6066, or visit thevillageatgulfstreampark.com.
G.W. Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill
Catch the biggest "Fight of the Century" at GW Sharkeys Raw Bar and Grill in Coral Springs a sports bar that's been serving the area for more than 25 year. A newly-renovated (and larger) bar, new kitchen, and an outdoor patio complete with an outdoor bar will be the spot to watch the fight, where over 40 TV's will be live streaming from Las Vegas. A $20 cover charge will get you in the door to watch the match. Get there early for a seat and enjoy Saturday night steak night, where you can get a 12-ounce rib eye plus one side for $12.95.
Fins & Things Caribbean Seafood
As Mayweather, Jr. and Pacquiao as they meet in one of the most-anticipated boxing fights of all time, watch history in the making at Fins & Things Caribbean Seafood (3801 N University Dr, Sunrise). Seats are limited, but you can buy tickets online to guarantee a seat. The restaurant will be offering a full bar and appetizers specials. Order tickets online via EventBrite.
Palm Beach County
Carolina Ale House
Anyone heading to Carolina Ale House in Boynton Beach (and Weston) better head there early: the fight will be live streaming, but those who arrive early will get the choice seats at one of the two bars (indoor and outdoor) as well as interior booths and high-tops. Once the place reaches capacity, no one else will be allowed in. All you need to hold your spot? A cover charge of $25 per person at the door. Then, sit back and relax as you watch the fight from any of the restaurant's 40 TVs inside, and 50 outside.
Los Parceros Colombian Restaurant
Los Parceros (106 N Olive Ave, West Palm Beach), the Colombian restaurant located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, will be hosting a live streaming the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight with ESPN Deportes 760, the American-Spanish digital sports television radio channel owned by ESPN. A $20 cover charge will get you in the door, where you can drink two-for-1 beer. To reserve a seat, call 561-855-6256, or visit ColombianFastFood.com.
Visit Yoko-San Hibachi Fusion (99 SE Mizner Blvd #110, Boca Raton) the new Japanese-Asian-fusion restaurant at Mizner Park in Boca Raton to watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, and you might win yourself. Entry to the restaurant's bar area is free to the public, and the first 30 people to arrive (and pick the winning fighter) will receive a 25 percent discount on their tab at the end of the night. In addition, five lucky winners who correctly guess the winner of the main event will be entered in a drawing to receive a $50 voucher towards a future visit during Yoko-San's Cinco de Mayo or Mother's Day celebrations. Call 561-430-3565, or visit yokosanboca.com.
Watch the "Fight of the Century" on over 75 HD TVs at the new Boca Raton Tilted Kilt (3320 Airport Rd Suite 1, Boca Raton). All night, enjoy $4 Dos Equis and 20-ounce draught pours. The bar will also be serving shot specials all night. Advance ticket sales are $15 per person. Seating starts at 9:30 p.m. Call 561-338-KILT.
Merlino's Boca Raton
Old-school Italian meets fight of the century on May 2 at Merlino's Boca Raton (39 SE 1st Ave, Boca Raton). The restaurant will be hosting its own fight night party for $50 per person. Admission includes access to the event, and an all-you-can-eat buffet from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. For reservations call 561-756-8437, or visit merlinosbocaraton.com.
Cheetah Gentlemen's Club
If you're rolling solo on May 2, why not watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight at Cheetah? The adult entertainment club will be live streaming the fight at each of its three locations, including West Palm Beach (3342 Shawnee Ave.), Hallandale Beach (100 Ansin Blvd.), and Pompano Beach (497 NW 31st Ave.). Each location is taking reservations for VIP seating. Call 561-687-0600, or visit cheetahpalmbeach.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.