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Rich get richer: Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The richest fight in boxing history is getting even richer. And that's before the first ticket has even been sold.

New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up.

The money is staggering, though not exactly unexpected. Five years of waiting seem to have only piqued the public's demand for the one fight even casual fans of the sport want to see.

Just what the two fighters earn won't be known until the pay-per-view is sold. But the May 2 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is shaping up to be very lucrative.

Big changes for north end of Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- A lot of changes are happening on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and more are on the way.

Last year, the SLS Las Vegas Hotel opened its doors at the former Sahara hotel location.

In May, the 60-year-old Riviera plans to close its doors to make way for more convention space for the Las Vegas convention center.

The very next day, on May 5, there is a groundbreaking planned across the street as construction for the Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas gets underway.

That following weekend, the Rock in Rio will open with the biggest rock concert of the year on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

With all of the upcoming changes happening at the north end of the Strip, some are wonder

Groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas set for May

LAS VEGAS -- A date has been set for construction workers to start building Resorts World Las Vegas. A Malaysian conglomerate hopes to break ground on the $4 billion Asian-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip on May 5.

Resorts World which will be housed where the Stardust once stood, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Convention Center Drive, will incorporate 80 to 85 percent of the buildings in the stalled Echelon project on the tourism corridor's less-traveled north end.

The front facade of Resorts World will be designed to look like a Chinese village, and it'll have 6,500 rooms.

Resorts World Las Vegas will include intricate gardens that will feature entertainment. A large aquarium, sky casino, and observation deck are also in the works on the 87-acre site.

Las Vegas police plan ticket blitz on busy Maryland Parkway

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police plan to blanket a major north-south thoroughfare to strictly enforce traffic and pedestrian laws and raise awareness of safety issues.

UNLV Vulnerable Road Users Project chief Erin Breen says the Friday afternoon ticket blitz on Maryland Parkway will have officers looking for pedestrians failing to use crosswalks and motorists failing to yield to those who do.

Breen says there've been 14 pedestrian fatalities so far this year on Las Vegas-area roads -- more than twice the number by this time last year. Three bicyclists have also died.

Breen notes the speed limit is 30 mph on Maryland Parkway from Tropicana Avenue near UNLV to Owens Avenue near Rancho High School.

That includes near several other schools, Boulevard Mall, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Huntridge Circle Park.

Las Vegas nightclub Omnia promises VIP feel without VIP price

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Not willing to shell out a premium for a VIP nightclub experience? No problem, says the man opening the newest megaclub on the Las Vegas Strip.

Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt says all club-goers in Omnia at Caesars Palace will get to experience the spectacle, whether they're paying $30 at the door or at least $1,000 to reserve a table.

Moffitt tells The Associated Press he wants to even the playing field at his 75,000-square-foot nightclub. Its features include an open-air deck with a nighttime view and LED screens that react to people around it with help from motion sensors.

Omnia more than doubles the space used by predecessor PURE, a nightclub often credited for advancing Sin City's renown for clubbing when it opened in 2004.

Omnia opens Thursday and will host star Justin Bieber's 21st birthday Saturday.

Celine Dion to return to stage, but rep doesn't say when

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A representative for Celine Dion says the singer will return to the Las Vegas stage but offered no dates for future performances.

Dion hasn't performed since her July 29 show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She has been suffering from inflammation of her throat muscles and caring for her husband who had a cancerous tumor removed in 2013.

Aldo Giampaolo said in a statement emailed Wednesday that he wanted to reassure Dion's fans. He says the contracts for four of Dion's band members would not be renewed when they expire this weekend.

A Caesars Entertainment spokeswoman says the company and show producer AEG are ready to welcome Dion back to the venue as soon as she is ready but confirmed that there are no performance dates to announce.

Las Vegas' Riviera will close May 4

LAS VEGAS -- The Riviera Hotel & Casino will close on May 4 at noon to make way for expansion of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, according to a news release.

The 60-year-old Las Vegas Strip property will be demolished and replaced by the Las Vegas Global Business District which will offer more convention exhibit and meeting space.

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More than 6,000 construction jobs are expected to be created for the project, while also bringing a permanent job force of 6,000 once completed.

Around 1,000 employees will lose their jobs once the Riviera closes.