Mayweather weighs in at 1.5 pounds lighter than Alvarez
AFPLOS ANGELES--Floyd Mayweather, who is fighting twice in the same calendar year for the first time since 2007, weighed in at 1.5 pounds lighter than Mexican star Saul Alvarez on Friday.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The boisterous crowd of about 12,000 that squeezed into the MGM arena cheered loudly when Alvarez tipped the scales right on the catch weight of 152 pounds (68.9 kilograms) one day ahead of their 12-round world championship bout for the 154-pound title held by the Mexican boxer.
“My job is to go out there and keep my composure and be the same Floyd Mayweather,” he said at the weigh in. “I can't wait to get out there and go to work.”
The 36-year-old Mayweather weighed in at 150.5 pounds — just under the mutually decided catch weight of 152 pounds.
Alvarez (42-0-1) hasn't weighed 152 or less for a fight since 2011, while Mayweather has fought above 147 just twice — for the Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto wins.
Alvarez said on Wednesday he was sparring at 155 pounds but feels comfortable moving down in weight to fight Mayweather.
Saturday's fight has generated huge interest, especially in Mexico where the 23-year-old Alvarez is considered one of their biggest sporting heroes.
The fight with Alvarez is the second in Mayweather's six-bout, 30-month contract with American cable network Showtime that could pay him more than US$200 million.
Mayweather's guaranteed purse for the Alvarez fight is reported to be a record US$41 million, which would surpass the previous record of US$32 million he received for fighting Guerrero.