By Ernest Gabion at the scales

Las Vegas is under a British invasion as thousands of UK boxing fans have traveled to the city to support Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31KOs) as he challenges WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24KOs) at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.

Prior to both fighters taking the scales, UK fighters John Murray, Jimmy Campbell, Dean Harrison, Lee Meager and Martin Gethin were announced to the crowd by Michael Buffer as they briefly took to the stage. Hundreds of Hatton fans were chanting for Hatton during the entire proceeding.

Buffer told the crowd the amount of money being wagered on Ricky Hatton is the largest in British boxing history. Shane Mosley was then announced to the stage with Juan Manuel Marquez and Bernard Hopkins. The UK fans, obviously fans of Joe Calzaghe, showered the boos on Hopkins. When Oscar De La Hoya was announced, the UK crowd gave him a very big reception and chants of "Oscar" rang out.

Enzo Maccarinelli and Joe Calzaghe then went to the stage to a huge ovation from the crowd. Calzaghe and Hopkins seemed uneasy next to each other, and the two fighters would immediatly showboat to the crowd while trying to upstage one another. The crowd, obviously, gave Hopkins hell with chants of "your next" while Calzaghe raised his arms. Moments later the UK crowd began a loud chant of "Hopkins is a p*ssy." The chant got to the veteran as he tried to get in Calzaghe's face. The fighters began to exchange words as Hopkins was pulled back by the other fighters and staffers on stage. Marco Antonio Barrera got a decent pop when announced to the crowd.

Both fighters were then announced to the crowd, Hatton receiving a monster crowd reaction, while Mayweather received mostly boos. Mayweather took the scales, weighing 147-pounds on the nose. Hatton would come on and weigh-in two-pounds lighter at 145-pounds.