Best Places in Downtown Boston to Watch Boxing’s Historic “Fight of the Century”
Since 2009, boxing fans from around the world have been waiting for this very weekend. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, an undefeated, five-division world champion, is facing off against Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion from the Philippines, in match humbly nicknamed “The Fight of the Century” or the “Battle for Greatness.” The mix-up is bound to be brutal and historic, and true fans of the sport will not want to miss out.
Tickets to the event, which is hosted at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, are selling well into several thousands of dollars, and pay-per-view streaming lacks the communal camaraderie of a sports atmosphere. Fortunately, Boston’s boxing fans can enjoy this epic match for the ages in a wide variety of entertainment hotspots throughout the city.
The Warehouse Bar and Grille, a comfortable restaurant boasting chic and cutting-edge design, is selling tickets to its viewing party. The venue’s high-energy atmosphere will no doubt offer crackling commentary and cheering from fans throughout the night. Popular food items to order include their famous Warehouse Burger, the Bison Burger, or their marinated steak tips. Regular tables are booked, but some cocktail tables and standing room at the bar are still available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ticketed attendees must arrive by 10 p.m.
Nix’s Mate(closed), situated further down from The Warehouse on Broad St., is a modern American cuisine restaurant named after one of the smaller islands in Boston Harbor. VIP tables are already booked up, but some standard tickets remain. Nix’s offers a wide variety of meal options for just about any palette; from seafood to pasta, burgers to pizza, this refined gathering spot is likely to satisfy any customer during the match. Recommends items include Nix’s Swanky Baked Lobster, Pumpkin & Spinach Risotto, and the Gallop Cheeseburger.
Fans not wanting to reserve tickets in advance should saunter on down to McGreevy‘s bar on the night of the game. Entry is first-come, first-served with viewing tickets than can be purchased at the door. Named after a historic Boston sports fan, McGreevy’s is a proud Irish sports bar that has as much attitude as it does history. Their cocktails, beers, and sandwiches are well regarded around the area.
Other hosts to the event include Tequila Rain on Lansdowne St., Stephi’s in South Boston, Society on High St. (though the establishment is entirely booked), the Green Briar in Brighton, and Coco’s Lounge in Jamaica Plain. Each and every venue offers unique food, ambience, and viewing experiences. Many boast multiple viewing rooms and televisions, with some even showing the event on projection screens.
If your ideal venue is selling tickets online, be sure to snap them up fast before they’re all sold out. If you miss them, there are fortunately several sites that will sell tickets to whomever gets in line first. Don’t hesitate to make plans, though; this isn’t called “The Fight of the Century” for no reason.