Boxing

Mayweather and Canelo Make Weight Ahead of Their Historic Contest

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

One of the bigger storylines heading into this Saturday's big night of boxing in Las Vegas, was whether Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would struggle to make the catch-weight limit of 152-pounds for his bout with Floyd Mayweather.

On that at least, mission accomplished.

A noticeably slimmer, but not dehydrated, Canelo tipped the scales at exactly 152-pounds on his first try. That's two pounds below his normal fighting weight, and he is expected to rehydrate over night and come into the ring closer to light heavyweight than junior middleweight.

For his part, Floyd Mayweather came in below the contracted weight limit at 150.5 pounds. He isn't expected to put on much weight overnight. That's mainly because Mayweather, unlike Canelo, is a natural welterweight and needs to add, not drop, weight to compete at 154-pounds.

The only drama, at least in terms of weights, came from Danny Garcia who will defend his WBC, WBA and The Ring Magazine junior welterweight titles against Lucas Matthysse in the co-main event.

Garcia initially weighed-in at 140.5 pounds, which would've put him over the limit and forced him to make a second attempt after losing the weight. But after stepping off the scales, and making an immediate second attempt, the champion came-in at 140 pounds.

Matthysse, with less a flair for the dramatic than his opponent, nailed weight on the first try, and came in at the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds. 

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