Celebrities flock to Fight of the Century

Actor Denzel Washington smiles as he sits ringside while waiting for the welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO:
Actor Denzel Washington smiles as he sits ringside while waiting for the welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Charles Barkley watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Charles Barkley watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Michael Jordan and wife Yvette Prieto watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Michael Jordan and wife Yvette Prieto watches the Leo Santa Cruz against Jose Cayetano featherweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Robert De Niro attends the welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Robert De Niro attends the welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Quarterback Tom Brady attends the welterweight unification championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao  at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Quarterback Tom Brady attends the welterweight unification championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao  at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z attend the welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z attend the welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Mark Wahlberg attends the welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Mark Wahlberg attends the welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LAS Vegas - Ringside seats were coveted by celebrities for the showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, for both the chance to watch the fight, and to be seen by millions across the globe.

A-listers and high-rollers made up the vast majority of a 16,800 sell-out crowd, making the fight more akin to a nightout at the Oscars than two men attempting to pound the other to the canvas, AFP reported.

Celebrities in the first row at the MGM Grand Garden Arena included actors/directors Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Pop stars Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Nicky Minaj and Rihanna were also sighted.

Also spotted: American Sniper actor Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars in boxing biopic, Southpaw.

Basketball star Michael Jordan created a stir as he arrived for the fight.

Rapper P. Diddy and actor Mark Wahlberg reportedly laid down $250,000 on the fight, with Wahlberg rooting for Pacquiao and Diddy for Mayweather.