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COUNTDOWN TO SHOWDOWN: Mayweather already near 147-pound weight

With slightly more than three weeks remaining until the fight of the century, Floyd Mayweather is already within three and a half pounds of the 147-pound welterweight limit.

Mayweather stepped on the scales last week for the World Boxing Council’s mandatory 30-day weigh-in and registered 150.5 pounds.

His opponent, Manny Pacquiao, was heavier than Mayweather, but still was considered well within boxing regulations, which require fighters to be within 10 percent of excess of the 147 pounds 30 days prior to the fight. That would put Pacquiao under 160 pounds, boxing experts said.

The fighters have another mandatory weigh-in seven days before the fight, when they must be within five percent of the 147-pound limit, and then the official weigh two days before the fight.

With anticipation building for the long-awaited fight, the pay-per-view price has been set. People wanting to watch the fight in the comfort of their own home must pony up $89.99 for the privilege, the most expensive pay-for-view in boxing history, although it is short of the $100-barrier many felt would be broken.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will take place May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The betting line puts Mayweather as the favorite. A $210 bet for Mayweather would result in a $100 payout, while a $100 bet on Pacquiao would bring a $170 payout, according to Boxing Insider.com, which notes the line could fluctuate between now and the fight.