CAESARS GRABS EXCLUSIVE TV RIGHTS

Jun 21, 2005 1:11 AM

Caesars Palace has acquired the exclusive rights on the Las Vegas Strip for airing the HBO pay-per-view WBC super lightweight title fight between champion Floyd Mayweather and challenger Arturo Gatti this Saturday night in Atlantic City.

Tickets for the closed circuit viewing at Caesars Palace Events Center is $50 and are now available at the Colosseum Ticket Office and through Ticketmaster.

The fight will take place in Boardwalk Hall and jointly hosted by Caesars and Bally’s Atlantic City. Mayweather is a perfect 33-0 with 22 KOs, while Gatti (39-6, 30 KO) has been involved in five Fight of the Year awards in his career.

"This could very well be another Fight of the Year," said Chuck Esposito, assistant vice president of race and sports operations at Caesars Palace. "It’s a modern day Jake LaMotta versus Sugar Ray Robinson — the brawler against the flashy fighter."

Esposito said the betting has started to pick up and expects a large volume of action before the first punch is thrown Saturday night.

"We expect to get good action on both the fight price (Mayweather a 4-1 favorite) and the round proposition (7-5 that it won’t go the full 12) here at Caesars," Esposito said. "We’re happy and proud to be the only Strip property that will be showing this great fight live on closed circuit."

The Caesars Event Center is an indoor facility located just west of the pool and garden at Caesars Palace. HBO Pay-Per-View will broadcast the bout live, beginning at 6 p.m. PT. — Mark Mayer