Who would've thought the weigh-in before a championship boxing match would become such a big event.
Years ago the boxers on the card would go to the commissioner's office, weigh-in and be on their way. Now the weigh-in has become almost as big as the fight. Over 6,000 fans attended the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday.
"It's a lot of juice for the hotel, because they get a lot of people to come in that are staying at different properties," famed ring announcer Michael Buffer told Newsday at the Floyd Mayweather-Mosley weigh-in last year. "There are probably 3,000 people that came here that otherwise wouldn't have come here today."
Legendary boxing historian Bert Sugar agreed.
"They're an event. They're separate from the fight itself," Sugar said. "It used to be two guys in their underwear standing on the scale in the commissioner's office. It would be written down and announced to three members of the press who were pool reporters."
An estimated 7,000 fans came to see the Mayweather-Oscar de la Hoya weigh-in in 2007. About 6,000 were in attendance last year for Mayweather Mosley.