The Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) greets a man with shoulder length black hair and a black suit, with "Hey Vincent, Vincent, where's Jules man?", a reference to Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction (1994).
The lion's head entrance to the MGM Grand, featured in the movie, has since been removed, because many Chinese gamblers avoided the casino (or entered through the back entrance), due to the feng shui belief, that entering the mouth of the lion was bad luck.
Jon Lovitz's character mentions, when watching the film of Tommy Morrison being knocked out, that he is "John Wayne's cousin". Allegedly, Morrison was John Wayne's (real name Marion Michael Morrison) grand-nephew.
Many members of the cast made either guest appearances, or had recurring roles on the FOX television series Roc (1991), which featured Rocky Carroll as a regular cast member. This includes: Samuel L. Jackson, Corbin Bernsen, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jamie Foxx, Albert Hall, Lamont Johnson, Art Evans, and Rick Scarry.
Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx also co-starred in Django Unchained (2012), which The Great White Hype (1996) Director Reginald Hudlin Co-Produced. It probably evoked a sense of déjà vu for Jackson, Foxx, and Hudlin sixteen years later.