The president of the MGM Grand is making a solemn promise to the hundreds of thousands of party-goers already flocking to Las Vegas for Saturday’s Fight of the Century.
‘They have my guarantee we will not run out of beer this weekend,’ says Scott Sibella.
That is a reference to how Ricky Hatton’s trans-Atlantic army of 30,000 fans drank the Strip dry when he fought Floyd Mayweather eight years ago.
With 10 times that number expected to descend on this oasis in the Nevada desert – just so they can say ‘I was there’ on the night Mayweather finally fights Manny Pacquiao – the MGM food and beverage department are taking no chances.
A convoy of trucks is already delivering the first consignments of half a million bottles of Budweiser, Miller Lite, Corona and Tecate, who are paying more than $5million (£3.3m) to be one of the fight’s sponsors.
Many early arrivals are busy now stock-piling cases of their preferred foaming nectar in their rooms at the hotel, which will cost them $1,600 (£1,057) a night come Friday and Saturday.
Even at those prices, they are the lucky ones. The majority of rooms on the Strip are reserved for proven high-rollers with track records of seven-figure gambling. Sibella says: ‘We are taking care of major clients from all over the world.’
Many late-comers are being reduced to renting out not only rooms in private houses but the caravans parked in those gardens.
Sibella expects 50,000 people to set foot in the MGM each day for Friday’s weigh-in and Saturday’s main event itself, in addition to the near 14,000 occupants of the 7,000 rooms and suites.
A hundred thousand hot dogs will be sizzling in readiness in and around the Grand Garden Arena.
All this is only the surface of the liquid lake and the tip of the food mountain which will be drunk and devoured at the MGM Grand and the group’s 13 other hotel-casinos on the Strip.
In its comparatively new incarnation as a holiday resort destination rather than just a gambling mecca, Vegas now generates even more revenue from such sources as accommodation, restaurants, bars and shows than it does from betting.
Sibella says: ‘At an event like this we want to maximise all our non-gaming revenue.’
Nevertheless, the casino drop is expected to at least double the record take at the tables which has been set on New Year’s Eve and equalled for Mike Tyson’s biggest fights.
Projections for the economic impact on the Vegas economy have been revised upwards from an initial $400m (£265m) to well over a billion dollars.
This is the fun part of a military scale operation for putting on the mega-rich fight for which the world of boxing and beyond has been waiting for five years.

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