Russia's Evgeny Gradovich retained the IBF featherweight title when Australia's Billy Dib quit in the ninth round Sunday at The Venetian casino in Macau.

In a rematch of their March bout, Gradovich put Dib down in the sixth round and staggered him with a left hook in the eighth. Further punishment in the ninth prompted Dib's corner to ask the referee to stop the fight on the undercard of the bout between Brandon Rios and Manny Pacquiao.

Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. extended his unbeaten record when American opponent Tor Hamer quit after three rounds despite leading on two of the three judges' scorecards. Ruiz retained his WBO intercontinental heavyweight belt and added the NABF title.

Zou Shiming, China's two-time Olympic gold medalist, improved his professional record to 3-0-0 with a unanimous points decision in his six-round flyweight bout against Mexico's Juan Toscano.

After an even opening couple of rounds, Zou poured on the pressure in the third, opening a cut under the Mexican's right eye, and sustained his dominance from then on to claim an impressive victory.

Highly touted lightweight Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico improved to 8-0-0 with a unanimous points decision over Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan, exhibiting too much hand speed and movement for the resilient Thai.

The other bouts included Filipino lightweight Harmonito Dela Torre knocking out Indonesia's Jason Butar Butar in the third round; China's Ik Yang taking a split decision over Indonesia's Hero Tito; local Macao fighter Kuok Kun Ng taking a unanimous decision over China's Zeng YouJie; Hong Kong's Rex Tso stopping Thailand's Susu Sithjadaeng in the first round; and Filipino Dan Nazareno Jr. beating Liam Vaughan when the Englishman's corner stopped the fight in the second round.

Love to party when you travel? Whether you’re planning a raucous getaway with friends or simply want to indulge in a boozy night out on your next business trip, take note. We’ve scouted out the hottest hotels in some of the country’s most hopping party destinations — New York City, LA, Las Vegas, and Miami – where the revelry takes place on right on-site. No need to deal with cabs or public transport in the wee hours of the morning; at these hotels, stumbling to bed is as easy as riding the elevator.

1 Wynn Las Vegas

The Wynn is home to the uber-popular Tryst, a 12,000-square-foot club with a 90-foot waterfall, go-go dancers on tables, waitresses with prepared shots (tequila and lemon drops), a very danceable club mix, and plenty of scantily clad twenty-somethings. The lounge, where there are sitting areas for bottle service, looks out on the surreal Lake of Dreams. Next door, the Encore hotel has another esteemed nightclub, XS.

2 SLS Miami

Since its star-studded opening party in November 2012, the SLS South Beach has become one of Miami’s hottest hotels. The 140-room property features direct beach access, sexy rooms, high-profile restaurants, hip bars, two large pools, and a great address on swank Collins Avenue. So far, the SLS has attracted celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Derek Jeter, Rumer Willis (who performed with her band during the opening party), and Lenny Kravitz, who designed two of the penthouses.

3 The Standard, High Line Hotel, New York City

The Standard vies with the Dream Downtown for status as the reigning queen bee of the New York City party scene. It has bars to fit any taste: the casual Biergarten; The Standard Plaza; and Top of the Standard on the 18th floor, a hot spot rooftop lounge featuring famous DJs, stunning views, and celebrity guests (such as Madonna and Lindsay Lohan). Top of the Standard has also been known as the Boom Boom Room — keeping up with all the names is almost as exhausting as waiting in line to get in. (If you’re not on the guest list, arrive early — or expect to wait all night.)

4 The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Marquee at the Cosmopolitan is arguably the hottest nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip, offering 62,000 square feet of space and some of the world’s best house music DJs. The Dayclub (open seasonally) has elaborate cabanas with individual infinity pools. And that’s just the beginning – The Chelsea offers concerts from top-tier performers, and there are a handful of swanky bars such as The Chandelier and Bond.

5 Dream Downtown, New York City

Dream Downtown’s bi-level penthouse nightclub, Ph-D, offers stunning skyline views – but it’s the views of famous faces inside that have made it such a hot spot. Diddy, Robert Pattinson, and Cameron Diaz are just a few of the celebs to party here. The Beach, open seasonally, is also swanky, with imported sand and views of the lobby through the partially translucent pool bottom.

6 Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles

The Hollywood Roosevelt is home to some of the most popular celebrity haunts in L.A., an impressive accomplishment in a town that has its fair share of celebrity haunts. They include: The Spare Room, a cocktail lounge with two bowling lanes; Teddys, a nightclub with plush leather seating and VIP booths (where partygoers have included Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Jay-Z, and Penelope Cruz); and Tropicana Bar, centered around the chic pool area.

7 Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

The Gansevoort has long been a staple of the New York City party scene, drawing jet-setting Europeans and stylish New Yorkers to its sleek rooftop bar and lounge, Plunge, and its exclusive nightclub, Provacatuer. A trendy restaurant and lobby bar round out the picture. Close proximity to the city’s other hottest nightclubs doesn’t hurt matters, either.

8 Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

Chateau Marmont, a notorious movie star hideaway since it opened in 1929, attracts celebrities to its popular Bar Marmont, its see-and-be-seen restaurant, and its private guest bungalows. The founder of Columbia Pictured famously remarked that “if you’re going to get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont,” and plenty of celebrities have followed that advice over the years (for example, Led Zeppelin rode a motorcycle through the lobby). The VIPs who have partied here (and still do) are too numerous to count.

9 Delano Hotel, Miami

The Delano is one of the coolest and most popular spots on South Beach, drawing a wide range of clientele. Crowds of partiers can be found around the pool, in the lobby’s red-lit Rose Bar, and underground at FDR nightclub. There are live DJs, pricey mojitos, and tight security at this well-known, see-and-be-seen party scene.

10 Hard Rock, Las Vegas

The swank Hard Rock is off the Strip, but it knows how to throw a party — Rehab, Vegas’ best pool party (offered in the warmer months); go-go dancers in the casino; live music at The Joint; partying at Body English nightclub; stylish cuisine at Nobu.

MACAU – Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday, returning to his winning ways after consecutive losses.

Back in the ring for the first time in almost a year, Pacquiao wore Rios down with his trademark combination punching and won 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 on the scorecards at The Venetian casino in Macau.

It was an emotional victory for Pacquiao after a devastating typhoon swept through his home nation of the Philippines this month, killing thousands.

"This is not about my comeback," Pacquiao said in the ring. "My victory is a symbol of my people's comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy."

Pacquiao, who grabbed the WBO international welterweight title with the victory, got the better of the opening two rounds, sending Rios to the canvas in the opening frame, although the referee contentiously ruled it as a slip rather than a knockdown.

The American asserted himself in the third, landing some crisp blows that raised hopes of a genuine contest before Pacquiao — spurred on by a capacity crowd at the 13,000-seat Cotai Arena, including many Filipino fans — dominated the remainder of the contest.

Rios was game, continually walking forward to challenge Pacquiao, but was unable to land any telling blows.

After seven rounds, Rios was getting attention to cuts under both eyebrows, and with the scores going against him, needed something special.

Cautioned by the memory of his previous fight when he walked into a savage Juan Manuel Marquez punch that knocked him out, Pacquiao was on guard throughout the closing rounds but a tiring Rios offered little threat over the final four rounds.

"Recovering from the knockout and giving a good show was what I wanted to prove to myself and everyone," Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao will now eye a potential rematch against Marquez.

Thousands of Filipino survivors of Typhoon Haiyan erupted into wild cheers Sunday to celebrate their boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's victory that gave them a brief respite from the enormous destruction and rebuilding that lies ahead.

"It felt like I got my house back," said street sweeper Ardel Nebasa, who lost his home in tsunami-like storm surges that ravaged Tacloban city on Nov. 8.

Officials hope that watching Pacquiao's triumph against American Brandon Rios in Macau would help traumatized survivors take their minds off the horrific devastation wrought by the typhoon and inspire them to pick up the pieces from the storm that killed more than 5,200 people.

"I was so happy and I wanted to cry but there were too many people," said Nebasa, who watched the match with his son and thousands of others on a TV screen set up in a public plaza in Tacloban city.

He added, "It would have felt like another storm has hit if he lost."

Another survivor waved a cardboard placard that read: "We're for Pacquiao, God bless, Tacloban will rise again." Many jumped repeatedly in joy.

Thousands of residents also cheered at Tacloban's Astrodome stadium and watched the fight on a giant screen, their view partly obscured by the light filtering through holes in the basketball gym's ceiling. One man carried a Philippine flag.

Pacquiao, who defeated Rios by unanimous decision to take the WBO international welterweight title, has dedicated his comeback fight to storm victims and promised to visit Tacloban and outlying regions that the storm had turned into a corpse-strewn wasteland.

When the bell rang to signal the end of the 12-round match, many spectators in Tacloban threw their baseball caps, shirts and pieces of cardboard into the air, even before the result was officially announced.

Tacloban city folk, Nebasa said, would gladly await the visit of Pacquiao, who rose from poverty to become one of the world's highest-paid athletes.

"We'll be thankful if he can help us," Nebasa said. "He came from the ranks of the poor and we identify with him and are happy for his triumphs."

In Macau, the 13,000-seat arena at the Venetian casino was packed. Many in the audience were Filipinos who either lived and worked in Macau or nearby Hong Kong, or made the one-hour flight from the Philippines.

Some waved Philippine flags, and frequently chanted, "Manny, Manny."

Businessman Bong Ferrer flew to Macau with a group of 11 others.

"Of course this is a high morale day to the Filipino people because of what's happening to us back in the Philippines. It's redeeming to us. It makes us feel in high spirits," he said.

WASHINGTON – Residents in East Boston are finding themselves on the losing end of a multi-million dollar gamble that would have brought a casino and thousands of permanent jobs to their community. Instead, voters there shot down the deal only to see residents in the neighboring city of Revere take it up.

Now, East Bostonians are stuck with the prospect of a casino and resort being built in roughly the same spot but without reaping any of the financial benefits or having a say in how it’s run.

According to racetrack operator Suffolk Downs’ website, the resort would have 300-450 luxury hotel rooms, 16 restaurants that range from fine dining to a food court, and hundreds of thousands of square feet of gaming and retail space.

Under an agreement Suffolk Downs signed with the city of Boston in August, developers agreed to pay Boston $33.4 million up front -- to be directed to the neighborhood of East Boston -- and guarantee the city at least $32 million annually. The casino also guaranteed at least 4,000 permanent jobs. Suffolk Downs poured another $2 million on a campaign to sway East Boston voters that was largely built on promises of creating a “good urban environment.” In contrast, casino opponents spent $34,000.

But when East Bostonians went to the polls last Tuesday, they voted down the $1 billion casino proposal by 56-44 percent.

What happened next was a worst-case scenario for residents. As the “no” votes started to stack up, the developers for the casino began talking about moving the project 52 acres away – to Revere.

Suffolk Downs confirmed to that they have been in contact with officials from Revere in an attempt to salvage the project.

“We have already begun a robust planning process with our team of architects, engineers and environmental consultants and the City of Revere,” Suffolk Downs Chairman William Mulrow wrote in a Nov. 13-dated letter to Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby.

A Revere-only proposal would also include “significant additional payments to the city,” Mulrow said.

Many East Boston residents, like Pat Benti, had pinned their hopes to the proposal. The casino was supposed to create jobs and investment opportunities and jump-start redevelopment initiatives.

“Shame on these people (who voted against the proposal),” Benti told The Boston Globe. “Now East Boston doesn’t even get a single penny.”

The casino conflict leading up to Tuesday’s vote had divided many in the East Boston neighborhood.

Declining home values, escalating crime and traffic jams were among the concerns some had with the project.

“Just 25 years ago, people were running from East Boston,” Mike Ross, a district city councilor, wrote in an opinion piece for the newspaper. Ross says the area has changed a lot in the last two decades, going from a place where garbage was strewn everywhere and “cars were burned beneath the highway ramps” to a place of economic revival, opportunity and neighborhood pride.

Today, the area has a new YMCA and library and the once-dilapidated housing project has been rebuilt. But Ross warns that with the improvements come “understandable fears.”

“About 70 percent of the neighborhood are renters who are at the mercy of a market that may be one the verge of exploding,” Ross said. “They warily eye the new development, knowing that only 8 percent of their existing neighbors would even be able to afford the new luxury rents."

Multiple calls and email requests made by to speak with Ross were not returned.

Another concern some had was about escalating crime in the area. However, statistics from the Boston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation show Revere as a slightly safer location.

East Boston, which boasts a population of 40,000 compared with Revere’s 53,000, has a higher major crime rate. According to the Boston Police Department, there were 15 rapes, 104 robberies and 151 assaults in East Boston through Nov. 4, 2012. In Revere, those numbers were lower – three rapes, 49 robberies and 126 assaults, according to FBI statistics.

Still, a casino in Revere isn’t a done deal.

The project as a whole was dealt a setback when casino operator Caesars Entertainment withdrew amid concerns raised during a background check by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Suffolk Downs says it will name a new partner by the end of the year and that they "have received strong interest in potential partnerships from a number of top-class gaming companies."

KNIGHTSTOWN, IND. – Knightstown police Chief Danny Baker has used pig roasts and golf tournaments to augment his department's shrinking budget, but badly in need of $9,000 for a new squad car, he's reprising his most shocking fundraising approach to date: getting shot by a stun gun.

The jocular 63-year-old chief and another Knightstown official were planning to have a detective shoot them with a Taser at a free event Wednesday night in the middle school gym in their small eastern Indiana town. Spectators -- who Baker hopes feel compelled to donate -- will get a firsthand look at how 50,000 volts of low-amp electricity affects the human body.

"It's a shame we have to go to the extent of having fundraisers and getting electrified and so forth, but with small-town budgets you have to do something to get by," said Baker, a lifelong Knightstown resident who has been in law enforcement for 35 years.

Many rural communities like Knightstown, a mile-square town of 2,100 about 25 miles east of Indianapolis, are having to become inventive to fund needed services, said Brian Depew, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, an advocacy group based in Lyons, Neb.

Depew said federal farm bill funding for rural development has fallen by a third since 2003, leaving less money for police cars and other necessities in an era of shrinking rural populations and tax bases.

Some communities have taken to putting ads on cruisers, while others, like Knightstown, are relying on donations for help.

While Baker concedes that his fundraising gambit is extreme, he believes it will also educate the crowd, which will also get to see a police dog demonstration.

Since he became police chief in 2007, Baker has staged a series of fundraisers, including an annual golf outing and hog roast that raises about $5,000 a year and has paid for new digital cameras for the town's cruisers, blood-testing kits and other items.

Wednesday's event would not be a first for Baker, who has four children and 16 grandchildren. He was shot with a stun gun about five years ago to raise $500 for new equipment. Baker says getting stunned feels like being punched about 20 times a second in the back of the head for five seconds. It immobilizes the target and leaves him or her prone and sore, he said.

Baker will be steadied by two of his officers while he's stunned. Emergency medical technicians will be on hand, their ambulance parked outside Knightstown Intermediate School as a precaution.

Baker reprised the Taser event after a local businessman who is contributing to the cause suggested it. He said Wednesday's demonstration will re-certify him through next year in Taser use in accordance with Indiana Law Enforcement Academy requirements. Officers can choose whether or not to be stunned as part of that re-certification, he said.

Although some might question the message the stunt might send -- not to mention its wisdom -- Baker said that if anything, it will benefit those who attend, including children.

"We're not using it to play with, we're using it as a training tool," he said. "It's going to be quite visible -- the pain in my body -- and if there are kids there, they're going to see this and their parents can sit down and say, `See, if you mess up and don't do what the police tell you to do, that's going to be you."'

Wednesday's event has made the well-liked chief the talk of Knightstown, a farming town best-known as the home of the Hoosier Gym, a rustic, 1920s-era structure featured as the home team's gym in the 1986 basketball film "Hoosiers." And the dollars have flowed in, giving the department most of the money it needs for the cruiser.

Baker's 2006 Ford Crown Victoria has about 67,000 miles on it, and on Monday it was the only one of the department's four squad cars in service. The others -- two of which are a decade old and have more than 150,000 miles on them -- had transmission, engine and electrical problems.

Bart Whitesitt, the town's court-treasurer, said Knightstown's 2014 budget is an estimated $968,000. Money from the town's rainy-day fund and state riverboat casino revenue was enough to pay a year's lease on a new Ford Police Interceptor SUV that should arrive early next year, but not another $9,000 available for a second one.

"What we're experiencing here, it's just a microcosm of what's happening around the country," said Whitesitt, who volunteered to be shocked along with Baker.

Jay Stearns, the owner of the town's main hangout, the Corner Bakery, gleefully predicted that a big crowd would show up.

"Everybody's going to be there -- not just because it's a fundraiser but because we're all going to enjoy watching him drop to the floor like a 100-pound bag of potatoes," Stearns said, spurring laughter among his customers.