SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2015 – In the last formal public event before their historic meeting in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will step on the scales in front of a packed house of fans today at 6 p.m. ET. Communities Digital News will stream live video here.
Until the early 1980s, boxers would weigh-in early on the same day of the fight. But on the rare occasions a boxer doesn’t make the weight limit, the fight is at risk of being called off. In 1982, a major light heavyweight fight on HBO was called off when Eddie Mustapha Muhammed came in overweight for his bout against Michael Spinks.
Spinks refused to go through with the fight, which was his right, and it was scrapped. HBO, the promoters and the boxing commission vowed weigh-ins would start taking place the day before so this didn’t happen again.
Now, fighters are given a few hours to make weight if they are anywhere close. If they cannot, the fighter who made weight can decide if he wants to continue, and the man who couldn’t make weight usually has to give up some of his purse to his opponent, which can really sting.
The networks and promoters also began to realize that weigh-ins on the day prior could be turned into staged public events of their own. Fans are invited to come watch in a public venue for free to cheer on their champion, which gets them invested in the contest.
In this case, fans had to buy tickets. Normally weigh-ins are free under Nevada law, but an exception was made due to the crowd control issues caused by the high demand. The MGM Grand Arena wanted to avoid throngs of fans camping out in the casino overnight in line. The $10 ticket price will be donated to charity. Manny Pacquiao will donate his portion to the Cleveland Center for Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The center has done studies on brain health in boxers. Floyd Mayweather’s share will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a breast cancer charity he has supported for many years.
There is little chance either Mayweather or Pacquiao will come in overweight. But it’s one last pep rally, photo opp, and promotional opportunity generating excitement. Promoters hope it is enough excitement to sell more pay per view tickets.
It is also a chance to try and read the smallest clues to try and gain insight on who’s got the edge in the fight. Call it Sweet Science forensics. It’s the boxing equivalent of watching the horses parading around the paddock ring before placing your bet.
Mayweather (47-0-0, 26 KOs) and eight-division champion Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) stand to pocket record-breaking amounts of money and set pay per view records with the bout. It is a fight fans have dreamed about for five years.
For 36 more hours, let the pundits and the fans argue; let the bets be placed. Everyone will find out how the drama ends on Saturday, May 2, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Wherever you are, watching or not, everyone will find out how the drama ends on Saturday.
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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