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March 10, 2008

MILWAUKEE -- Floyd "Money" Mayweather got a potential taste of WrestleMania XXIV at Monday's official weigh-in -- and he didn't like it one bit. In fact, it was painful as Big Show appeared to injure him during their official weigh-in weeks before their showdown at WrestleMania XXIV.

And unfortunately for the WBC welterweight champion, however, Big Show may have given his palate a dose of a new, unfamiliar sensation -- that of defeat -- and how it could taste in a few weeks. Even without a weigh-in, anyone can plainly see that Big Show vs. Mayweather is a bit of a mismatch. "The World's Largest Athlete" is literally twice the size of "Money," who despite winning boxing titles in five weight classes has never faced anyone close to the size of Big Show -- who is three inches taller and more than 100 pounds heavier than the largest man to ever wear one of boxing's heavyweight crowns.

On Raw, our fans found out the exact discrepancy: The 7-foot-4 Big Show weighed in at 441 pounds, 282 more than the 5-foot-8 boxing champion. That wasn't the only advantage he enjoyed, either; to counter Mayweather's posse, the former WWE Champion brought out his own collection of WWE Superstars to prove a point to Mayweather.

"I told you last week that no one in the locker room likes you, and when they heard there would be a weigh-in tonight, they had to come down and see the $20 million man," Show said. "Maybe you can take some of that money and give it to the crowd, so they won't hate you, or to these guys here so they'll continue to pretend to be your friends."

Big Show then moved onto a more serious matter, namely his promise to end Mayweather's career at WrestleMania XXIV.

"$20 million … is the risk really worth it?" Show asked. "There are only two scenarios. One, I decide to take pity on you, just embarrass you and you live to fight another day. Or, if you continue to disrespect me, I will guarantee that you never box again. So it's up to you. What do you say, you little runt?"

Not one to back down from any challenge, Mayweather responded in kind, pulling out a wad of cash to flash in front of the mammoth.

"You're right, I am the $20 million man," Mayweather chimed. "I respect what you have done in WWE, but I don't respect you as a human being. It's possible you could hurt me, but you must be able to catch me first."

"Money" then tossed some of his own at the feet of Big Show before continuing.

"WrestleMania XXIV, the biggest WrestleMania ever. At No Way Out, I broke your nose; at WrestleMania XXIV, I will break your jaw."

With that, Mayweather made it rain once again … and that's when things went from green to red for the boxing champion.

The mammoth grabbed "Money," scooping him up and tossing him into a group of WWE Superstars on the arena floor. Shane McMahon and security had to step in to separate Mayweather's posse and the Superstars, but as they did, a bigger concern arose: The Greatest Fighter in the World slinked away clutching his right elbow, appearing to have suffered a possible injury. The extent of the possible injury is unknown, as "Money" and his camp quickly left the Bradley Center before he could be evaluated.

Floyd Mayweather is a six-time boxing world champion who carries a professional record of 39-0 with 25 KOs. But inside a WWE ring, neither "Money" nor some of the legends he has defeated -- not Arturo Gatti, nor Oscar de la Hoya or most recent victim Ricky Hatton -- hold a candle to the five-time wrestling World Champion. But this isn't boxing, and it sure as hell isn't Dancing With The Stars; this is sports-entertainment, and he will have to step onto its grandest stage against the massive Big Show. Mayweather's incredible hand speed is one of his greatest assets, so what would it mean if he has to go into WrestleMania nursing an arm injury?

By the looks of Raw, Big Show is serious about his claims to destroy Mayweather. If he's not careful, "Money" will find out the hard way just how much medical care his $20 million payday will buy.

Who knows, he may have already begun to do so.

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