Friday 20 October 2017

Sports fan blags his way backstage at 'fight of the century'... and is saved by security by Floyd Mayweather himself

Floyd Mayweather Jr. addresses the media during the post-fight news conference after his unanimous decision victory against Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather Jr. addresses the media during the post-fight news conference after his unanimous decision victory against Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A sports fan with a mission successfully sneaked back stage at the ‘fight of the century’ by pretending to be part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s entourage.

Steve Carruthers (24) from Hull, England, waited outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas ahead of the much-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao last weekend.

Carruthers spotted DiCaprio and joined the back of his entourage team.

He then proceeded to hang out backstage with some of the world’s best known faces.

Carruthers succeeded in snapping selfies with celebrities including Christian Bale, Donald Trump, Michael Keaton and Paris Hilton.

After the fight, Carruthers waited outside the boxers’ dressing rooms and met Pacquiao.

His once-in-a-lifetime escapades were almost rumbled when Mayweather's security team questioned his presence, but the champion boxer simply said, "I got him" and asked Carruthers to walk with him to the press conference.

Carruthers, who had one of the cheapest tickets for the fight at $2,000, said afterwards: "I was outside and I saw Leo DiCaprio. He had a cap on and his sunglasses and head down so that nobody recognised him, but I did and followed him in.

"I just walked in with him to the ballroom after tagging on with about six of his entourage.

"He went straight to the bar and that was where he took off his cap. He said he didn't do photos but he was really polite and shook my hand.

"He went towards the ring side so I just followed him in there, and that was where I met loads of people and took a selfie with Mark Wahlberg. He was really nice.

"It was quite hard. You've got to have the balls to do it.

"If I was in jeans and trainers I don't think it would have worked. Everyone was suited and booted so I just blended in. Manny was really nice considering he had just lost the biggest fight of his career."

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