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Thomas & Mack Center

Las Vegas, Nevada

Opened 40 years ago in 1983

The Thomas & Mack Center, nestled within the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, has been a prominent multi-purpose arena since its opening in 1983. Beyond its role as the home of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team, the venue has etched its name into the annals of boxing history, hosting an array of high-profile fights that have contributed significantly to the sport's legacy.

Since its inception, the Thomas & Mack Center has been a preferred destination for boxing's elite, drawing fans worldwide to witness clashes between legends. The center's boxing history is highlighted by a series of notable fights that have taken place within its walls:

  • Julio César Chávez vs. Hector "Macho" Camacho (September 12, 1992): This fight for the WBC light welterweight title showcased Chávez's dominance in the ring, further cementing his legacy as one of the sport's greats.
  • Evander Holyfield vs Riddick Bowe (November 13, 1992): A legendary battle for the WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles, this fight is remembered for its intensity and the rivalry it highlighted.
  • Lennox Lewis vs Tony Tucker (May 8, 1993): Lewis's defence of the WBC heavyweight title against Tucker demonstrated his prowess and strategic fighting style.
  • George Foreman vs. Tommy Morrison (June 13, 1993): Morrison's victory for the WBO heavyweight title over the legendary Foreman was a notable upset, showcasing the unpredictable nature of boxing.
  • Pernell Whitaker vs. Oscar De La Hoya (April 12, 1997): This bout for the WBC and lineal welterweight titles was a classic matchup of speed versus technique, with De La Hoya ultimately securing a controversial victory.
  • Evander Holyfield vs Michael Moorer II (November 8, 1997): Holyfield's fight against Moorer for the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles was a rematch that lived up to the anticipation, showcasing Holyfield's determination and skill.
  • Oscar De La Hoya vs Héctor Camacho (September 13, 1997): De La Hoya defended his WBC and lineal welterweight titles against Camacho, highlighting his boxing intelligence and agility.
  • Manny Pacquiao vs. Érik Morales (January 21, 2006; November 18, 2006): These fights between Pacquiao and Morales, especially their intense trilogy, have become a significant part of boxing lore, demonstrating the fierce competitiveness and skill of both fighters.
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Zab Judah (April 8, 2006): Mayweather's victory for the IBF and IBO welterweight titles against Judah was a testament to his defensive genius and counter-punching abilities.
  • Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas (November 5, 2016): Pacquiao's fight for the WBO welterweight title against Vargas showcased his longevity in the sport and ability to compete at the highest levels across multiple weight classes.

The Thomas & Mack Center's contribution to boxing extends beyond these fights, serving as a pivotal stage for the sport's evolution and providing fans unforgettable moments of triumph, heartbreak, and sheer athletic excellence. Its role in boxing history is undeniable, offering a blend of athletic prowess and entertainment that continues to resonate with fans around the globe.