After bout, the pain sets in

“Winky” Wright and Paul “The Punisher” Williams box Saturday at Mandalay Bay, so I asked both fighters a simple question: How much does it hurt to get punched in the face and gut?

“It all hurts,” Wright said. “It just depends on how hard they hit you. But it all hurts, man. At the time, it don’t hurt like that, because your adrenaline is flowin’ so much, and you’re so hyped and amped. But later on at night and that next morning, you feel so sore, like, ‘Aw, my arm’s sore. My jaw’s sore.'”

Williams said pretty much the same thing.

“When you’re constantly in the gym training, your body gets real hard. You can absorb the punches more better,” Williams said. “You don’t feel them in the fight. You’re so pumped up and stuff. But believe me, about an hour goes by, you start feelin’ them.”

For more on the fight, check out the sports pages and my interviews with the fighters in today’s Neon section. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $50-$300 (745-3000).


Singer Perry Farrell celebrates his 50th birthday by performing, for the first time, with both Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros on Saturday at Mirage’s Bare pool, which is topless by day.

“I’m wondering if it’s gonna be topless for my event,” he said. A pool spokesman tells me it won’t be. Still, Farrell hopes to see women’s, you know, this and that.

“Yeah, for sure,” he said. “It’s my birthday!”

Farrell, who turned 50 on March 29 (“It’s my golden years!”), never used to go out on his birthday.

“I would always be alooone. Super high. But my wife — she’s into birthdays. So over the years, I’ve learned to get out and see my loved ones.”

Last month, a female fan asked him to sign her chest. Usually, his wife shoos off such women. But she told her husband to go for it. He did.

“That was pretty funny. You know, girls — they still ask you to sign their” this and that, he laughed. “Weird.”

Check my blog. Perry talked about how he’s still trying to talk his wife into, uh, something.

Showtime is 10 p.m. Also set to appear: Slash, Tom Morello, Billy Idol, Billy Morrison and Juliette Lewis. Tickets cost $115 (792-7777).


• Hipster hot spot Beauty Bar downtown will have 200 skates for rent for a 9 p.m. roller skating bonanza set to electro-discotheque music. It’s $10 at the door, $5 at

• The monthly Vino di Lago kicks off from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday ($25), offering a wine-walk through MonteLago Village, to benefit the MDA charity.

• CineVegas kicks off outdoor film screenings at Springs Preserve at 8 p.m. Saturday with the 2008 drama “Yonkers Joe,” partly set here ($10, or $25 for Wolfgang Puck dinner-and-movie).

• Check out today’s Neon section to plan more shows to see: the world’s biggest rockabilly festival, the always fun Everclear, Kevin James, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Cray, David Spade, Taproot, Travis, Sergio Mendes, Monster Circus, and regulars from Elton John to ballet and the Playboy Club.

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