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Tickets required for Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in

Tickets will cost £6.60. Credit: PA

Boxing fans hoping to attend the weigh-in for the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 2 must buy advance tickets.

The vast numbers expected to attend the eve-of-fight ritual at the MGM Grand Garden Arena has prompted fight organisers to take the step of charging for entry to the event.

Tickets will cost £6.60 and will go on sale through MGM Resorts call centre and box office on Friday at 8pm with all funds raised going to the charities chosen by Mayweather and Pacquiao - Susan G. Komen and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

"The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities," said Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe.

"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."

A mere 500 tickets were made available to the public for the clash between the two best fighters of their generation.

These sold out in minutes with resale prices on secondary seller StubHub ranging from £3,900 to £85,000 on Friday morning.

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Bayless named as ref for Mayweather-Pacquiao

Kenny Bayless officiated the bout between Hatton and Pacquiao. Credit: PA

Kenny Bayless has been appointed referee for the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2.

Bayless, a veteran of more than 100 title contests, has overseen five of Mayweather's bouts and has been present seven times with Pacquiao.

The 64-year-old Nevada resident was referee for their points victories over Shane Mosley, one of the rivals' five common foes.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission have also appointed a trio of American judges for the clash at the MGM Grand in Dave Moretti and Burt Clements of Nevada and Glenn Feldman of Connecticut.

"Kenny knows the pressure, stress and responsibility," NSAM director Robert Bennett said.

Hatton backs Amir Khan to beat Floyd Mayweather

Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton believes British compatriot Amir Khan could be the man to dethrone Floyd Mayweather as boxing's pound-for-pound king.

Khan is desperate for a shot at Mayweather. Credit: PA

Khan has been seeking a showdown with Mayweather for nearly two years, but the American WBC and WBA welterweight champion has spurned the Bolton fighter's advances at every turn.

That does not come as a surprise to Hatton, who believes Khan's blurring punches and rapid movement could be the key to handing Mayweather his first professional defeat.

Hatton said:

I think Floyd would run a mile from Amir Khan, not because of a fear factor, but because styles make fights," Hatton said in several national newspapers.

Amir is boxing with a lot more discipline lately, he's in and out and he's not getting involved. I think that type of style will cause Floyd massive problems.

But, when you're the best, pound-for-pound, like Floyd Mayweather - and Amir's as big a name as is out there, he's beaten pretty much everyone - he might be forced to fight Amir Khan.

He might be running out of opponents. I say this all the time, and everybody laughs at me: I think he's got a good chance of beating him.

– Ricky Hatton

The world will stop for Mayweather v Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather has declared his bout with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 as "the biggest fight in boxing history".

Mayweather and Pacquiao went head to head for the first and only time prior to their mouthwatering Las Vegas super-fight at a press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The pair made brief, business-like statements at a glitzy ceremony which made official a bout which is set to be the richest in boxing history, with an estimated shared purse of USD250,000,000 (£167.4million).

Floyd Mayweather is ready. Credit: PA

"May 2 is when the world stops - it's Mayweather Pacquiao, it's the biggest fight in boxing history," Mayweather explained.

''This is a fight that the world can't miss. I'm in the gym working and dedicating myself to the sport because I have never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life.

''May 2 is the fight of the century. It's all about the best fighting the best and Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of this era.

"Everything is about timing and we couldn't have chosen a better time.''

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50 Cent to bet £1m on Mayweather beating Pacquiao

50 Cent is planning to place an extravagant £1m bet on Floyd Mayweather beating Manny Pacquiao in May's pound-for-pound blockbuster.

50 Cent and Mayweather used to be business partners. Credit: PA

The most eagerly anticipated fight in boxing history has finally been scheduled for May 2nd following years of speculation and failed negotiations.

In an interview alongside G Unit members Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, the rapper - who used to form part of Mayweather's 'Money Team' - told Power 105.1's 'The Breakfast Club' about the extraordinary seven figure wager, which could return a tidy profit of £500,000.

"I got champ [Mayweather]. Champ gonna smoke him. It's gonna look like look like [the fight] was pumped up for no reason," he said.

When asked whether he would bet on the fight, 50 Cent replied: "Probably like $1.6m [just over £1m]."

Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd

Floyd Mayweather is relishing the chance to finally go toe-to-toe with Manny Pacquiao after announcing the long-awaited fight will take place in May.

It's on! Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao in May. Credit: Reuters

The undefeated 11-times world champion announced the bout by posting a picture of the signed contract on social media platform Shots on Friday night, adding: "I promised the fans we would get this done and we did."

Mayweather, unbeaten after 47 professional fights, and Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, will now go head-to-head in a welterweight world championship unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.

I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done.

Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2.

– Floyd Mayweather statement
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