Fans to be charged admission for Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in

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The weigh-in that is set a day before the fight is expected to draw a sizeable crowd to the MGM Grand.

(CNN Philippines) — The weigh-in before an actual fight has become a major part of the boxing culture where fans who aren't lucky enough to have tickets to watch the bout live can go see the fighters and experience the fight night atmosphere for free.

Well, except for this fight.

The showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which is set to shatter records and become the most expensive bout in history, and will now own the distinction of having the first weigh-in that requires an entry fee in Nevada.

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Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports got the chance to talk to Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar, reporting that the main reason for charging the entrance fee is due to crowd control.

"We want to make it as safe as possible for the fighters and for everyone who attends," Aguilar said. "And if fans know they need a ticket to get in, it might prevent people lining up way earlier or any disagreements as people attempt to get into the arena."

Due to the massive turn out of fans expected, the promoters of the fight and the MGM Grand worked with the Nevada State Athletic Commission before deciding to charge the fans.

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Unlike the purse and earnings for the fight itself, all the proceeds will be split equally between charities of the fighters choice.

"All of the money, every dollar, from the ticket sales will go to the charities," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said.

Floyd Mayweather has selected the Susan B. Komen Foundation, while Manny Pacquiao picked the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as his charity.

The weigh in will take place on May 1 (May 2 PHT) in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.