Tuesday, August 13, 2019

“In Las Vegas, life is truly beautiful - Las Vegas Sun” plus 1 more

“In Las Vegas, life is truly beautiful - Las Vegas Sun” plus 1 more


In Las Vegas, life is truly beautiful - Las Vegas Sun

Posted: 13 Aug 2019 02:00 AM PDT

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Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and current Mayor Carolyn Goodman dedicate the City of Las Vegas' gateway sign.

As he does every August, Brian Greenspun is taking some time off and is turning over his Where I Stand column to others. Today's guest columnist is Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Since Oscar and I arrived in Las Vegas in 1964, we have marveled at the potential of our city. Las Vegas was, and remains, a place of dreams and intrigue filled with extraordinary entertainment and exquisite dining opportunities.

Back in those days our town was considerably smaller and a much simpler place, yet we had dreams even then of becoming a world-class city. Many of us looked into the future and saw a place with high-end health care with ongoing medical research, a developing cultural base and major league sports teams. It is incredible to look back now and see how far Las Vegas has come in making these dreams a reality.

It is sometimes difficult to recognize history as it is happening, but I believe our city has entered a key moment that will affect our community for years to come. Put simply, our city is on the cusp of becoming a substantive municipality, a thriving urban core with inviting livability.

I think about how apt the moniker of our downtown music festival, "Life is Beautiful," truly is. Life is beautiful in our city because of all it has come to offer. As we continue to add the amenities that improve quality of life, we are making Las Vegas a today place as well as a lofty, world-class tourist and business destination.

Our urban core is booming with development. We are taking a leading role in the world of technology with the creation of our International Innovation Center @Vegas. We are connecting our communities with cutting-edge technology as we coordinate research and development with international partners.

Any recognized metropolitan area must first be the center for government and laws, and our historic downtown is home to our federal courthouse, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Nevada State office building, the Clark County Government Center, the Regional Justice Center and our own City Hall, with an under-construction municipal courthouse nearby.

Health care is making great strides as the Las Vegas Medical District (home to University Medical Center, the UNLV School of Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Valley Hospital, Steinberg Diagnostic and Desert Radiology) has gained a reputation that has spread beyond Nevada's borders. The medical district is a place where we are seeing future doctors train and gain access to residency experiences and where cutting-edge research is now occurring.

Our cultural center also continues to grow. We now boast our own Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra and Nevada Ballet Theatre, both housed in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which also attracts touring Broadway shows and is home to our Discovery Children's Museum. Other museums that are historical in nature or unique to Las Vegas, such as The Mob and Neon museums, increasingly bring tourists into the heart of the city to meet varied cultural appetites. The 18b Arts District is expanding with new galleries, antique shops, retro clothing stores and popular restaurants, buzzing at night with locals and tourists.

Las Vegas knows that inherent to having a strong metropolitan area is having a permanent and robust resident population with individuals who seek and enjoy all of the amenities of downtown city living. We are seeing many projects bring new residential opportunities to the downtown area. Fremont 9 has become a grand addition to the city. Six hundred more units under construction in Symphony Park by Southern Land and Aspen Heights will complement the already successful condominium living choices of the Newport and Soho lofts, the Juhl and the Ogden. The city is seeing a definite shift to more people living in the urban core — desiring to live the carefree lifestyle that has no lawns to mow, pools to clean, roofs to repair or congested drives to work.

We have so many major developments and attractions that are spurring excitement, including the 315,000-square-foot Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience canopy upgrades, the Circa hotel-casino, the Boyd Group's new tower and upgrades, the new tower under construction at the Downtown Grand and a new high-end Marriott Hotel coming to Symphony Park.

I find it thrilling to watch and participate in the today place of Las Vegas as a city sitting on the verge of a new renaissance. All the work that has been put into our city in the first decade of the new millennium has manifested itself in amazing successes, and the work that has occurred during this last decade is bearing new fruit. What a great time to be alive and be in our great Las Vegas!

Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, first elected in 2011, has won re-election twice, most recently in April.

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Keith Thurman Odds, Preview, Analysis And Prediction - Forbes

Posted: 19 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and US boxer Keith Thurman pose during their final press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on July 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, ahead of their July 20th WBA welterweight fight. - Keith Thurman vowed to retire Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao as the two fighters traded verbal jabs ahead of the World Boxing Association battle for welterweight supremacy. (Photo by John GURZINSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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We're less than a day away from the biggest fight of 2019. WBA Super World Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman will look to unify the WBA's titles when he takes on 'regular' titleholder, the legendary Manny Pacquiao. It happens Saturday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

Let's talk odds, analysis and my official prediction for the fight.

ODDS

According to MyBookie.ag, Pacquiao is now a minus-155 favorite and Thurman is a plus-125 underdog. Originally, Thurman was the favorite, but money has come pouring in on Pacquiao over the past two weeks, and it appears the Filipino icon will be favored when the two men climb into the ring on Saturday night.

PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS

Thurman's Size Advantage

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 17: WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (L) and WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman joke around after posing during a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a WBA welterweight title fight on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Pacquiao is accustomed to being at a size disadvantage. Ever since he moved up beyond lightweight, he has dealt with taller opponents on a regular basis. That said, we can't understate Thurman's two-inch height and reach advantage. He has seemingly made it clear, he plans to utilize his length to keep Pacquiao outside of punching range. He has trash-talked Pacquiao, specifically saying the eight-division world champion has "T-rex arms."

Thurman won't just be the longer and taller fighter, he'll also likely outweigh Pacquiao by a sizable amount on fight night. Thurman has said he could be as heavy as 160 pounds when he steps into the ring. It's unlikely Pacquiao will be anywhere close to that size–even after rehydration. It remains to be seen if that will be a factor in the bout.

The Southpaw Factor

Eight-division world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao spars with his coach during a workout in Hollywood, California on July 10, 2019. - Pacquiao is training ahead of his July 20 bout against Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pacquiao is a southpaw, and Thurman hasn't faced a lot of fighters who lead with the right hand. In the past seven years, Thurman has fought three southpaws (Luis Collazo, Robert Guerrero and Carlos Quintana).Thurman dominated Quintana, who was over the hill. He retired from boxing immediately after the fourth-round TKO.

Thurman defeated Guerrero by a wide unanimous decision after dropping him once. Collazo badly hurt Thurman with a left hook to the body, but the latter perservered and ultimately stopped the former ahead of the seventh round. Pacquiao presents a challenge for opponents not just because he's a southpaw, but he's also quick, small and he throws punches from unconventional angles. We don't really know how well a fighter will handle Pacquiao's rushes until they are in the ring with him.

Manny's Experience

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao looks on at his home after a training session with fans in Los Angeles on June 20, 2019. - Veteran trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak as the one-month countdown to his battle with welterweight champion Keith Thurman got under way on June 20. (Photo by Apu Gomes / AFP) (Photo credit should read APU GOMES/AFP/Getty Images)

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This isn't Thurman's first rodeo. He's had major fights against the likes of Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. However, with all due respect to Porter and Garcia, this is a different beast. Pacquiao is one of the most iconic fighters in boxing history, and he is still performing at a high level. He has had a number of fights on this level and above. Most notably, he participated in the highest-grossing fight in boxing history with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015.

If there is an issue of nerves, it'll most certainly be felt more on Thurman's side.

Manny's Quickness

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao attends an afternoon training session at Wild Card Boxing in Los Angeles on June 20, 2019. - Veteran trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak as the one-month countdown to his battle with welterweight champion Keith Thurman got under way on June 20. (Photo by Apu Gomes / AFP) (Photo credit should read APU GOMES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Thurman has excellent speed, but I'm not sure if he has the advantage in this fight. Even at 40, Pacquiao has proven to be quicker than most of the men he has faced. The man with the quicker hands could be the one who emerges victorious.

KO Power

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 10: Keith Thurman works out for members of the media ahead of his fight against Manny Pacquiao on July 20th at St Pete Boxing Club on July 10, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Pacquiao's power seems to have been greatly compromised by his rise in weight. Aside from his stoppage win over the shopworn and demotivated Lucas Matthysse in July 2018, Pacquiao hasn't scored a TKO/KO win since he stopped Miguel Cotto in 2009. I'm not sure he has the pop to finish Thurman, or any legitimate welterweight. Because of that, I believe Thurman has the edge in power.

The Prediction

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 22: Keith Thurman looks on during a press conference before his WBA Welterweight Championship fight against Manny Pacquiao, at The Beverly Hills Hotel on May 22, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Because I don't believe Pacquiao can knock Thurman out, this fight can go a variety of ways. It's possible an aggressive Pacquiao could run into a cleverly laid trap by Thurman and get stopped early. It's also possible Thurman could look for opportunities to land the big counter shots, and fail to connect. Meanwhile, he could realize that trying to get the better of the exchanges with Pacquiao on the inside isn't a smart approach.

Thus he could resort to using his jab and employing movement and a more economical punch profile. If he does that, the fight is going to a decision where I believe it'll end in a draw. I can see a lot of quiet rounds where some judges give Pacquiao an edge because he's coming forward, and another tabs Thurman's jab and ring generalship.

So which way am I leaning? I'd have to say it's the KO victory in favor of Thurman. As a longtime boxing fan, it pains me to see greats lose by KO late in their careers, but I've always said this feels like a bad matchup for Pacquiao. I'm sticking to my guns.

Thurman wins by early KO.

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