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A winning weekend for the local economy

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Fight night weekend is proving to be a knockout for the Las Vegas economy.

The boxing match and Mexican Independence Day celebrations are attracting thousands of visitors to town, and they're ready to spend a lot of money.

Las Vegas wins no matter the outcome in the ring because according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, it's one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year.

Fans purchased a record-breaking $20-million in tickets to the event at the MGM Grand Arena, but even those who didn't snag a seat there are spending money at local hotels, bars, and casinos.

"The place is just jam packed with everybody. Not only is it good for the MGM, it's good for the city. The demand has just been incredible, and I think we're going to have record numbers this weekend," said President of the MGM Grand Scott Sibella.

Fans of Floyd Mayweather always turn up in droves, and Saul Canelo Alvarez is attracting tourists from Mexico and all over the world.

The LVCVA says international visitors tend to stay in town longer and spend more money than others.

Some of those visitors spent time and money at the Fiesta Las Vegas on Fremont Street Saturday afternoon. As locals and visitors alike celebrated Mexican culture and heritage, business owners like Soccoro Bryantson celebrated profits at her snack stand.

"It's been a lot of people and I know right after the fight there will be more people coming," Socorro said.  

As of Saturday afternoon, she said her sales were on track to hit her goal of making $3,000 over the weekend.

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