Boxing legends US Floyd Mayweather and Filipino Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the welterweight limit before a packed arena of screaming, singing fans anticipating the landmark bout on Saturday.
A day before Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the richest event in boxing history, they took the stage in an MGM Grand Arena on Friday filled with 11,500 fans enjoying the public’s best chance to see the fighters in person, reports Xinhua.
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) stepped on the scales first and weighed in at 145 pounds, two below the limit. Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) followed and weighed in at 146 pounds.
Sections of the crowd roared and booed for both fighters, although the majority appeared to support Pacquiao. Mayweather was booed repeatedly when his image appeared on the arena scoreboards but he also acknowledged his cheering section with waves and a raised fist.
Even an ordinary weigh-in turned into a hot ticket in boxing’s capital city because only about 500 tickets for the actual fight were sold to the public. The promotion took the unprecedented step of selling $10 tickets to the weigh-in and donating the profits to charity, but secondary prices for the weigh-in seats topped $500 earlier this week.
The fans began arriving on Friday morning, packing the MGM Grand’s parking garage and streaming into the casino from the streets. A long line to get into the arena formed several hours early and the first fans got into the building four hours before any fighter took the stage.
The fight of the century will kick off today, May 2 at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas at 11:30 PM ET with betting world going abuzz with more weightage behind the American who is rearing to win the epitome of final honor.
With a huge money at around $300 million involved, it will be shared 60:40 between Mayweather and Filipino legend Manny. Outside the ring, the odds are heavily against manny while many wish to place in favour of the winner Mayweather on home front.
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Date, Time, Venue: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015 at 11:30pm ET at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
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Floyd Mayweather is a favourite for many as he has remained unbeaten in 47 bouts including 26 knock-outs, whereas Manny has lost five out of his 64 bouts in his career including 38 knock-outs.
Both fighters have agreed to undergo United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Olympic-style drug testing and if either fighter tests positive for the use of PEDs, that fighter will be banned from the sport of boxing for a minimum of four years.
|Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao|
|Tale of the tape|
|Las Vegas,Nevada, U.S.||From||General Santos,Philippines|
|47–0 (26 KO)||Pre-fight record||57–5–2 (38 KO)|
|5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)||Height||5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)|
|147 lb (67 kg)||Weight||147 lb (67 kg)|
|ESPN.com No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound
Unified WBA (Super), WBC,The Ringwelterweight and light middleweight champion
5-division world champion
|Recognition||ESPN.com No. 2 ranked pound-for-pound
WBO welterweight champion
8-division world champion
(With inputs from IANS)