The MGM Grand Garden Arena has seen its share of high-profile fights over the years. The biggest-selling pay-per-view in boxing history (Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.) was held at the venue in 2007, as well as both fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.
The building has seen invading British forces (Mayweather-Ricky Hatton), Naseem Hamed's first and only loss to Marco Antonio Barrera, Bernard Hopkins knock out De La Hoya with a body shot, and -- yes -- the last two non-wins of Manny Pacquiao's career.
Let's take a quick look back at the histories of Saturday's main eventers, Manny Pacquiao and "Sugar" Shane Mosley, fighting at the MGM Grand.
Manny Pacquiao Record at the MGM Grand
|2004-05-07||Juan Manuel Marquez||D-12|
|2008-12-06||Oscar De La Hoya||W-RTD-8|
Total Record: 4-1-1 (4 KO)
Pacquiao's U.S. debut came at the MGM Grand as he dismantled Ledwaba in 2001, but his next two appearances in 2004 and 2005 did not go as well. Marquez overcame three first-round knockdowns to outbox Pacquiao and come away with a draw, and Pacquiao's last loss was also at this building, against Erik Morales in 2005.
Manny wouldn't return to the building until the unofficial start of his current incredible run, which has turned him into the biggest drawing card in boxing. When Pacquiao moved up to welterweight and retired Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, he became more than a pound-for-pound great and diehard favorite. His next two fights at the MGM Grand were filled with highlight reel material, as he nearly took off Ricky Hatton's head and dominated Miguel Cotto
|2003-09-13||Oscar De La Hoya||W-UD-12|
|2005-09-17||Jose Luis Cruz||W-UD-10|
|2010-05-01||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||L-UD-12|
Total Record: 3-1 (1 KO)
For a fighter with an 18-year career still going, Mosley hasn't fought much at the MGM Grand, but two of the fights were among the biggest of his career. His 2003 rematch with De La Hoya saw Mosley win another controversial decision over the "Golden Boy," but last year's return to the arena saw him on the losing end in a to-date career-worst performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Between those two fights, Mosley won twice. In 2005, he started heading back to the welterweight division with a tough ten-round win over Jose Luis Cruz, and and 2006 the money called back at junior middleweight for a rematch with Fernando Vargas, which saw Mosley put a hellacious beating on the brash star in Vargas' second-to-last fight.