Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to meet face to face one final time before their fight that’s been almost six years in the making. The weigh-in for Saturday’s welterweight unification bout is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. ET in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
The fight has been so highly anticipated that the weigh-in will feature almost as many fans as the actual boxing match. Over $10,000 tickets were sold to the event for $10 each, giving fans a chance to see the boxers in person a little more than 24 hours before they’ll meet in the ring. The MGM Grand Garden Arena is sold out for the fight with a seating capacity of 16,800.
Las Vegas weigh-ins are always free, but an exception was made for Friday’s weigh-in. All of the money made from Friday’s ticket sales will go to charity. Mayweather chose to give a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, a breast cancer charity. Pacquiao’s portion will be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
"The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities," Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said before tickets to the weigh-in went on sale. "And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we've never seen before. We're excited to be able to use the enthusiasm around this event to provide donations to two very deserving charities."
The welterweight bout has a weight limit of 147 pounds. Three days before the weigh-in, trainer Freddie Roach said that Pacquiao was 143 pounds. Pacquiao’s bout in November with Chris Algieri was fought at a catchweight of 144 pounds.
Both of Mayweather’s fights with Marcos Maidana in 2014 were for the welterweight title. His September 2013 bout was fought at a catchweight of 152 pounds. Mayweather was overweight for his 2009 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. He paid Marquez $600,000 for being two pounds over the 144-pound weight limit.
Mayweather and Pacquiao did meet face to face just two days ago at a pre-fight press conference. They previously came together at a Los Angeles press conference in March, announcing the fight.
The hype surrounding Friday’s weigh-in is just another example of how much this fight is being anticipated. It’s set to break all kinds of records, including pay-per-view buys, live gate revenue and total revenue. Mayweather and Pacquiao could split as much as $300 million between them.
Fans who aren’t in Las Vegas will still have a chance to see the weigh-in live. It will be broadcast on Showtime, HBO and ESPN. Viewers can watch a free live stream online with the link below.
Tale of the Tape
Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao
Age: 38 36
Height: 5’8 5’6 ½
Weight: N/A N/A
Reach: 72” 67”
Stance: Orthodox Southpaw
Record: 47-0 57-5-2