The Venetian Macao delivered one of its biggest and most action-packed weekends of the year this past three days, led by the Clash in Cotai II. This event saw Fighter of the Decade Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, fight World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
The two were the headliners of a weekend that started with Cantopop quartet Big Four playing to a packed Venetian Theatre on Friday evening. They were followed by Mandopop superstar David Tao who also performed for an enthusiastic Venetian Theatre audience Saturday night.
“This incredible weekend was a clear example of Sands China’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy in action,” said Edward Tracy, president and CEO of Sands China Ltd. “Our goal is to help diversify Macau tourism through our integrated resorts, and we’ve targeted this entertainment strategy toward developing Macau into a major entertainment hub in Asia and a world centre of tourism and leisure”.
According to The Venetian, Clash in Cotai II attracted more than 13,200 ticketholders, saturating the sold-out Cotai Arena Sunday morning. The multi-bout card reached an international television audience spanning more than 80 countries, including to the U.S. via HBO Pay-Per-View and in China on CCTV5. Clash in Cotai II is the seventh boxing card brought to Macau through the collaboration of Sands China and Top Rank, which began with the April 2013 Fists of Gold, featuring Olympic champion Zou Shiming’s debut as a pro boxer.
A host of international celebrities attended Clash in Cotai II, including superstars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also watching the action in the arena were celebrities Stephen Baldwin, Ja Rule, Jermaine Jackson, Jessica Jung, Shannon Lee, Melody Thornton, Jessica C, Byron Mann, Phillip Ng, Ren Quan, Collin Chou, Ma Qinghua, Vanness Wu, Daniel Wu, Hacken Lee, Alex Thomas, Dave Chappelle, Andy On, Timmy Hung, Jimmy Hung, Edmond Leung, Norm Nixon, Janet Chau, Cung Le and Edison Chan.
Boxing fans without a ticket for Clash in Cotai II were still able to enjoy the showdown. Every minute of the main event and undercard fights was broadcast via live closed-circuit feed to two high-octane venues – the Milan Ballroom and the Bellini Lounge.
Sands China has already announced its next boxing event with Top Rank, Fist of Power II, which takes place December 16th at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, exclusively sponsored by The Venetian Macao.