News Summary: Macau aims for Vegas staple: boxing

Macau wants to go toe-to-toe with Las Vegas on the boxing circuit

Associated Press

IN THIS CORNER...OF THE WORLD: The victory of a Chinese fighter at a Macau showdown brings the world's top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches.

THRILLA 734 MILES FROM MANILA: The tiny Chinese enclave near Hong Kong is hosting a series of high-profile bouts this year featuring a pair of Asian stars: Chinese two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming and Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao. Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world's top gambling city, is now looking to add to its allure by holding the kind of boxing bouts that Las Vegas is known for.

NEXT ROUND: All eyes are now on the "Clash in Cotai" in November, featuring Pacquiao for the main event and Zou on the undercard. Organizers say it'll be the biggest professional boxing match ever held in China, a sport that was prohibited there until the mid-1980s.

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