If you're a boxing fan -- and I am -- you've got to be pretty excited about tomorrow night's IBF welterweight title bout between Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Starring two strong, quick, talented fighters who used to be sparring partners and are now "sworn enemies" (if you believe the Don King-orchestrated pre-bout hype), this is one event that can't fail to live up to the billing.
To watch it at home, though, will cost you $44.95 on pay-per-view. If you'd rather spend your money on food and drinks while watching the pugilists, several nightspots are fighting for your attention with special viewings.
Perhaps the strangest corporate-sponsored party comes from Republic Gardens, which is throwing "SneakerBox." The Gardens usually frowns on athletic wear, but for this event only, the staff will allow more casual gear as long as your kicks are "clean Converse sneakers." While you watch on 13 screens, you can sip $3 imported beers and half-price rail drinks and martinis until 11. WPGC's DJ Quicksilver is on the turntables all night, and there's a midnight buffet.
Milkshake Saturdays, the new weekly party at Platinum, is taking a break from nonstop hip-hop to show Judah and Mayweather on a 156-inch projection TV. Get a pass for free admission on MarcandTaz.com that's good until 10 p.m. (for men) and midnight (for women).
Not to be outdone, Mad Power Unit is boasting of a 200-inch screen at Pearl, where Suite 901 is hosting a Wizards-Heat afterparty with DJ Mars from Atlanta.
Love's main attraction on Saturday is a Brazilian-themed blowout with DJs spinning samba and other South American dance music, plus $5 Brahma beer, but the fight will be on the flat-screen TVs scattered throughout the four-level club. Free admission is available from www.dcgroove.com.
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