A cool, calm and collected Canelo Alvarez soaked in the roaring crowd and streaming blue strobe lights as he made his way to the stage this afternoon to weigh-in for his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. tomorrow night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The WBC/WBA Super World light middleweight championship fight will be televised on Showtime® pay-per-view starting at 9 pm EST/ 6 pm PST.
Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO's), who is a muscular and solid light middleweight, was forced to come down to 152 pounds in order to get the biggest fight of his career against Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO's). The red-headed Mexican champion weighed in right at the 152 limit, looking a bit thin but not drained. He was focused yet relaxed during the staredown, shrugging off Mayweather's antics and refusing to take the belt that his opponent offered him to hold for pictures.
Mayweather, who currently holds the WBC welterweight belt in addition to a version of the WBA light middleweight title, weighed-in at 150½ pounds.
It is only a matter of hours now before the world learns whether the 23-year old Alvarez can pull of the upset and hand the pound-for-pound king his first professional loss.
"I was born ready," the Spanish-speaking Alvarez responded in English to Showtime's Jim Gray after the weigh-in, igniting an enormous roar from his adoring fans in attendance.
It is the one phrase he seems to say in English quite well, repeating it frequently throughout the fight's intense promotion. He may be adding a few more phrases to his repertoire if he can defeat the king of boxing tomorrow night.
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