Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2: Ranking the 10 greatest fights in the MGM Grand Arena

Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez - an MGM Grand classic!

The MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas is the modern day Mecca of boxing.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will be the latest superstars to step foot into the iconic ring in what is one of the biggest fights in a generation.

Regardless of the result on February 22, Wilder vs Fury 2 will add themselves onto the list of memorable bouts seen at the Arena since it was opened back in 1993.

But it may struggle to live up to some of the past super-fights held in the hotel and we here at GIVEMESPORT have decided to have a go at ranking the top 10.

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao in 2015 may have shattered every pay-per-view record (4.6 million buys) but the dullness of the fight sees it miss out entirely.

But don't worry, Mayweather and Pac-Man still feature heavily!

10. George Foreman vs Michael Moorer (1994)

The night Foreman became a two-time world heavyweight champion at the age of 45.

Billed as 'One for the Ages', Foreman reclaimed his crown twenty years after losing it to Muhammad Ali in the famous 'Rumble in the Jungle'.

A body shot in the 10th rocked Moorer and Foreman took full advantage of his weakened opponent with a trademark right hand shortly after, breaking Moorer's mouthpiece in the process.

The count was administered and Big George's redemption story was complete.

Foreman vs Moorer

9. Julio Cesar Chavez vs Frankie Randall (1994)

The first fight to be held in the MGM Grand Arena produced a seismic upset.

Chavez, the lightweight champion, was expected to comfortably retain his belts against Randall, but he was instead dealt the first loss of his glittering boxing career - he went into the fight with 89 wins and one draw.

Randall knocked the Mexican down for the first time in his career, with Chavez having two points deducted for low blows and he eventually lost by split decision.

Chavez would secure an easy victory in the rematch, but the first bout between the pair remains one of the biggest upsets seen in the MGM Grand.

Randall celebrates beating Chavez

8. Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 2 (1997)

The infamous 'Bite Fight'.

While the boxing action was nothing compared to the other fights on this list, how can you leave out one of the most iconic (for all the wrong reasons) moments in sporting history?

Tyson bit part of Holyfield's ear off in the third, attempted to do the same in the fourth and then took on his opponent's team in a furious rage once he was officially disqualified.

The image of Iron Mike squaring up to the Las Vegas PD in the ring is just incredible.

Tyson takes on the Las Vegas PD

7. Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman (2019)

At 40-years-old, Pac-Man became the oldest welterweight champion of all-time last summer.

This wasn't just a victory over anyone either, Thurman is one of the finest welterweights around and the American displayed his technical brilliance in the latter rounds of the fight.

But the first five rounds were vintage Pacquiao. He knocked down Thurman late in the first and landed combos with brutal efficiency.

The result could have gone either way, but two judges sided with the irrepressible Pacquiao, proving that age is sometimes just a number in the boxing game.

Pacquiao vs Thurman

6. Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez (2013)

The young superstar of boxing versus the master.

Canelo was billed by many as the man to finally bring an end to Mayweather's dominance, but Money simply schooled the Mexican in one of his greatest career performances.

No one else has ever dominated Canelo, with Mayweather effortlessly dodging his opponent's usually pinpoint accurate power punches and dishing out punishment of his own.

To this day, it's baffling how one judge scored the fight a 114-114 draw.

Mayweather vs Canelo

5. Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya (2008)

Prior to the meeting between the heavily-decorated pair, many had senior man De La Hoya down as the favourite to win.

But the terrier-like Pacquiao almost strolled to an eighth-round TKO victory, with his arsenal of combinations simply too hot to handle.

After the fight, De La Hoya quipped: "I don't have it anymore." It would be the last time Golden Boy would step foot in the four-cornered ring as a professional.

As for Pacquiao, he was sending Ricky Hatton to the canvas just over five months later as he continued his crusade to the upper echelons of the boxing world.

Pacquiao vs De La Hoya

4. Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto (2012)

The night Mayweather was brought back down to earth a tad.

While his unbeaten record remained intact, his Puerto Rican opponent gave him one of the sternest examinations of his career.

Mayweather labelled Cotto as "the toughest guy I fought" and it was only his immense conditioning in the championship rounds that saw him to victory by unanimous decision.

A memorable fight, one which proved Mayweather was not the superhuman entity that many perceived him to be.

Mayweather vs Cotto

3. Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 4 (2012)

The fight that delivered arguably the greatest single-punch knockout in boxing history.

Pacquiao and Marquez's rivalry is the stuff of legend, with their first bout back in 2004 ending in a controversial draw.

The Pac-Man won the next two in dubious circumstances, but the fourth and final meeting saw the Filipino brawler crash to the canvas face first in the last second of the sixth round.

The bout was named 'Fight of the Year' and the fifth round between the pair was adorned with the 'Round of the Year' accolade by Ring Magazine.

Marquez KO's Pacquiao

2. Floyd Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya (2007)

Still the second-biggest pay-per-view event in boxing history with 2.48 million buys and the bad blood between the pair remains to this day.

Both fighters went into the bout with pristine records. De La Hoya was a six-division world champion, while Mayweather - the smaller name at the time - had held belts in four different weight categories and was undefeated.

But it was the latter who emerged victorious, throwing the sweeter, crisper punches on the night and winning by a split decision in one of the most lucrative fights ever staged.

De Le Hoya earned $52m despite losing, but the bravado and brilliance of Mayweather was the catalyst for his era of dominance. The Money Man was born.

De Le Hoya vs Mayweather

1. Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield (1996)

Holyfield delivered one of boxing's greatest upsets under the bright lights of the MGM Grand Arena.

The controversial rematch usually dominates the narrative when Tyson and Holyfield are mentioned in the same sentence, but the first meeting was epic.

Holyfield orchestrated a boxing masterclass, beating his opponent into submission before Tyson stumbled out for the 11th a beaten man with no hope of victory.

The fight was eventually waved off shortly after and history was made. At the post-fight press conference, Tyson told Holyfield: "Thank you very much. I have the greatest respect for you."

The referee stops Tyson

Leaving out the likes of Pacquiao vs Hatton and both the Filipino and Mayweather's bouts with the legendary Shane Mosely was far from easy.

But due to the volume of legendary fights at the MGM Grand Arena, a few of the big-hitters sadly had to miss out.

BT Sport Box Office will show Tyson Fury’s highly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder, exclusively live on Saturday 22nd February. Wilder v Fury II can be watched on BT TV, Virgin TV, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App. https://www.bt.com/sport/box-office/

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