- Big crowd in attendance here at D.C.'s historic Lincoln Theater. Could be a packed house in anticipation of another shoving match.
- Paul Williams is in the house
, looking forward to a May 8 fight at 154 pounds, probably against Kermit Cintron, possibly in Atlantic City or maybe even here in D.C.
We've been told to expect a crowd of 900 here today, which would make for a pretty packed and boisterous press conference. The line was around the block when I arrived and barged my way to the front.
- 3 Million buys?
- The fighters will come out shortly, and Mark Taffet assures me it will be quite the dramatic entrance. Right now, the scene is a packed theater, with music pumping and a series of video vignettes on the screen, amid fans giving their opinions about who will win and why.
Which is the theme of the fight: "Who R U Picking?" So … who are you picking? E-mail me and let me know your thoughts.
- And away we go …
The press conference is finally under way. Despite being the champion, Shane Mosley entered first from the back of the house (looking dapper in a pinstriped suit) and stood at one side of the stage to await "Money May."
Both fighters' entrances were preceded by highlight videos, and Mayweather's especially was outstanding. It also probably featured the word 'money' at least 100 times. Mayweather showed up in a blue tracksuit top, then the curtains parted to reveal the podium. Not surprisingly, Floyd and Shane jawed at each other for a good couple of minutes, a la Tuesday's event in New York.
There is an incredible atmosphere here in the Lincoln Theater. The crowd is buzzing. It's like the fight has already begun.