Friday, April 30, 2010 | 4:21 p.m.
The last time Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped on a scale for an official weigh-in, he instantly lost $600,000 for being two pounds overweight.
His trip to the scale Friday for this weekend's welterweight fight with Shane Mosley was considerably less expensive.
Mayweather (40-0, 25 KO) weighed-in at 146 pounds inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, setting the stage for Saturday's showdown between two of the highest-regarded athletes in boxing. Mosley (46-5, 39 KO) came in slightly heavier at 147.
"I'm excited. I'm ready to go," said Mosley, after weighing in. "Me and Mayweather are going to get it on."
Golden Boy Promotions invited some of the biggest names in boxing to attend the weigh-in.
In addition to the main-event fighters, Ricky Hatton, Andre Berto, Sergio Mora and Juan Manuel Marquez all were brought on stage as part of the event. Retired fighters Thomas Hearns and Joe Calzaghe also were in attendance.
Berto, who was scheduled to fight Mosley in January before he was forced to pull out because of distractions in his camp caused by the earthquake in Haiti, predicted Mayweather to win the fight.
"I think it will be a good fight," Berto said. "But I have to go with Mayweather."
Hearns, a former world champion who retired in 2006, said the atmosphere leading up to Saturday's fight reminded him of his two fights with Sugar Ray Leonard and had him wishing he could turn back the clock to fight one more time.
"I'm a fighter, and I can't wait for this fight," Hearns said. "Every time I see Ray I'm having flashbacks to 1989 and all of a sudden I want to whoop him again. Every time I see him, I tell him, 'Ray, let's do it one more time.'"
The sectioned-off portion of the arena was filled to capacity Friday, with additional fans still lining up outside when the fighters hit the scale.
Doors open for Saturday's event at 2:30 p.m.
Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected].