LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Media General)– What’s being billed as the fight of the century will unfold inside the MGM Grand Casino this weekend.
The much-anticipated fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao is expected to generate upwards of $400 million Saturday night, making it the richest fight in boxing history, according to Forbes. While the Las Vegas odds are in favor of Mayweather, many celebrities are not afraid to back “Pac.” NBC News is reporting NFL player Tim Tebow and former NBA star and sports commentator Charles Barkley are throwing their support behind the Filipino fighter.
NBC News also reports Pacquiao’s crooning has won over late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who did his own cover of a Pacquiao-performed song earlier this month.
However, Mayweather has also earned the respect of some of the top artists and actors. TMZ reports the music mogul P. Diddy is throwing $250,000 behind the champion boxer, in a bet with actor Mark Wahlberg. Rapper 50 Cent upped the ante with a $1.6 million bet on Mayweather, according to TMZ.
Other celebrities are taking to social media to share their support. In a tweet sent out April 29, Justin Bieber appears to be backing Mayweather:
Six months ago, Bieber even jumped into the ring with Mayweather, albeit for training:
Actor and singer Jamie Foxx, who is expected to belt out the national anthem during the big fight, is also in Mayweather’s corner, if Instagram is any indication.
But A-list actors aren’t immune from Paquiao’s charm, including Keanu Reeves, Sylvester Stallone and former “Saved By the Bell” actor turned TV host, Mario Lopez.
Mayweather and Pacquiao will step into the ring Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.