Blog 21

Updated: October 17, 2008, 5:38 PM ET
By Don Steinberg

Friday, 5:30 p.m. ET -- Madness at the weigh-in

It's a crazy-loud weigh-in, open to the public. Supporters of Kelly Pavlik from Youngstown, Ohio, are suddenly everywhere, many of them wearing lime green bus-tour t-shirts. The 1,500-seat theater that Caesar's uses for concerts is two-thirds filled. There's raucous chanting for Pavlik as he's introduced and his giant entourage fills half the stage. There also is a guy dressed as a Roman Centaurian on the stage near the scale. Hopkins is introduced to massive booing. He comes out in only underpants and gets on the scale. "Hopkins, 170!" Boos rain down. Pavlik gets on the scale, raises two arms bent in "make a muscle" pose. "Kelly Pavlik,169!" Everyone goes crazy. Now the two near-nude guys have a staredown for the cameras, faces close enough they can breathe each other's exhale. And it's over! The weigh-in … is … all … over!

Wait! Now they introduce Shane Mosley! And Jersey's own, Chuck Wepner! Pavlik now has the mike and he tells fans they're putting on a show tomorrow.