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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Overall view as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Overall view as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After all the hype and speculation of whether the Mayweather vs Pacquiao would ever happen, it was awesome to stroll into the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino for weigh ins for the fight many people are already calling the “Fight of the Century”  Continue on to see all the sights of the sold out weigh ins.

I left my house in Phoenix at 8am and arrived at my hotel, The Excalibur, across the street from the MGM Grand where the weigh ins and fight would be taking place.

After checking in and dropping my luggage off in my room it was an easy 15 minute walk over to the MGM to pick up my photo credential for the weigh ins.

After getting credentials I got into the Grand Garden Arena less than an hour before Mayweather and Pacquiao would take the stage. With a fight of this magnitude, getting in the arena an hour before the event means you’re screwed on getting a photo position.

I nonchalantly worked my way onto the photographers platform about 25 yards from the stage. I  would set up in an open spot where if I stood on my tippy toes I would have a clean shot. Thanks to an accommodating photographer who offered to let me stand behind him (since I was almost a foot taller). Then he got me a step stool courtesy of longtime news/action shooter Gene Blevins (Thanks Gene!) which gave me the perfect view despite my tardy nature not deserving me such a privilege!

Lets get on to some photos!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 8000iso, f3.2, 1/200th, Aperture Priority General view as fans in the grandstands react during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 8000iso, f3.2, 1/200th, Aperture Priority
General view as fans in the grandstands react during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t have a good angle for the few celebrities in attendance but I did notice the actor from the movie “The Hangover!”

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 16,000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Former boxer Mike Tyson in attendance of the Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) weigh-ins for his upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 16,000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Former boxer Mike Tyson in attendance of the Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) weigh-ins for his upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today editors requested images of the ring girls. Here you go.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual Tecate ring girls look on during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Tecate ring girls look on during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While waiting on the weigh ins I noticed a heated argument near the entrance to the stage so I fired off a shot to see what was going on.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 16,000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority Boxing cutman Rafael Garcia (left) argues with a police officer providing security who refused to allow him on the stage during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 16,000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
Boxing cutman Rafael Garcia (left) argues with a police officer providing security who refused to allow him on the stage during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The sold out crowd was screaming and cheering as the arrivals drew closer and closer.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 16,000iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Floyd Mayweather fans hold signs in the crowd  during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 16,000iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Floyd Mayweather fans hold signs in the crowd during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Below, promoters show off the over one million dollar worth WBC World Champion belt. To see what makes it worth so much CLICK HERE TO READ.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual Detailed view of the WBC world championship belt containing over a million dollars worth of gold, precious metals and emeralds during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Detailed view of the WBC world championship belt containing over a million dollars worth of gold, precious metals and emeralds during weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Finally it was time for the stars to arrive!

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Manny Pacquiao flexes during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Manny Pacquiao flexes during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Manny Pacquiao holds up the WBO championship belt during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Manny Pacquiao holds up the WBO championship belt during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Next to arrive was Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual Floyd Mayweather reacts as a TV cameraman films him during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Floyd Mayweather reacts as a TV cameraman films him during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Floyd Mayweather reacts during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Floyd Mayweather reacts during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Floyd Mayweather reacts during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Floyd Mayweather reacts during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After each fighter did their solo deal consisting of weighing in and then posing for the cameras, it was time for the shot all the media was there to shoot. The face off!

I had three cameras on me. A long lens view body (400mm), a medium view body (70-200mm) and a wide angle view body (24-70mm). The goal was to try and get the same shot with the three different bodies to give three viewpoints. It would take fast hands but I felt confident I could pull it off (despite constantly knocking my cameras into the guys closely positioned next to me. Whoops!

Here is view one with the 400mm. Click!

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Ring girls look on as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Ring girls look on as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Next up was the middle range view with the 70-200mm. Click!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Tecate ring girls look on as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Tecate ring girls look on as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Finally it was the wide angle view with my 24-70mm. Click!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Overall view as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Overall view as Floyd Mayweather (left) stares at Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After the face off the fighters both faced the cameras where Mayweather gave the hardcore mean mug look while a happy looking Pacquiao smiled with his arms into the air.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Floyd Mayweather (left) stands alongside Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Floyd Mayweather (left) stands alongside Manny Pacquiao during weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With the weigh ins done both fighters left the stage. Now its time for me to edit my ass off to get the images up onto USA Today Sports Images for the photos to get pushed to clients and subscribers around the world.

While editing away I heard a commotion of people yelling Mayweathers name nearby so I grabbed my camera and ran over to the area. I noticed Mayweather walking down the stairs from a TV interview with ESPN so I made a quick camera setting adjustment and pushed my way past media and fans close to the stairs. I held the camera up over my head and started shooting. Thankfully a TV cameraman would turn on the light on his camera which perfectly illuminated Floyds face for the below photo.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority Floyd Mayweather reacts following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
Floyd Mayweather reacts following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After that shot I ran back to my computer to download and transmit that image.

I saw Manny go to the stage next for interviews so I made sure to keep a close eye on him to make sure when he was done that I would run over there and try to shoot him coming down stairs too.

I saw him finish interviews and head down so once again I ran over and was able to get the below shot.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority Manny Pacquiao reacts by giving thumbs up to the fans following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
Manny Pacquiao reacts by giving thumbs up to the fans following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After editing those photos I shot a couple feature type photos before leaving the arena.

All those empty seats in the below photo will bring in a few thousand dollars each tomorrow in what will be one of the most expensive sporting events in history to attend. Makes me feel pretty special my seat is free!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Overall view of the empty grandstand crowd seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of the empty grandstand crowd seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The empty ring sits less than 24 hours before all hell is going to break loose!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Overall view of the empty boxing ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 12,800iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of the empty boxing ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cant wait to be in the Arena tomorrow!

On the way back to my hotel I stopped to shoot the below photo of the site of the big fight.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority Exterior view of the MGM Grand hotel and casino following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
Exterior view of the MGM Grand hotel and casino following weigh-ins for the upcoming boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As far as predictions I will say it goes all 12 rounds and Mayweather is announced the winner in a close decision which leads to an even bigger rematch.

Now if you ask for what I want I’d say it would be pretty newsworthy and lead to long time sales to cover the first loss of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s career…

We shall see!

 


 
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