Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez looked a bit too thin after weighing 152 pounds for Mayweather

From where most of us reporters were seated Friday at the weigh-in, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez looked ripped in the mid-section after tipping the scales at 152 pounds.

However, after a colleague sent yours truly a message saying Alvarez looked kind of sickly, we made sure to watch the tape of the weigh-in on the news late Friday night. Not that Alvarez necessarily looked sickly, but he did look like he was too skinny.

Alvarez on Saturday night will take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, site of the weigh-in, which attracted 12,200 fans. The bout will be fought at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, two under the limit (on Showtime pay-per-view).

There are those who wonder if having to lose those extra two pounds will render Alvarez listless for the fight. Time will tell, but it won’t be shocking to see Alvarez tire in the second half of the fight.

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Lines for Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez memorabilia off the charts

Much has been made about the possibility that tonight’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas could break pay-per-view records.

Local Las Vegas news stations are saying there could also be record numbers for local merchants with the thousands upon thousands in town for the event.

On top of all that, there was a line Saturday morning at the Mayweather-Alvarez memorabilia line at MGM Grand that was three times longer than anything yours truly has seen in 20 years of covering boxing in Sin City.

Mayweather-Alvarez will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

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Mayweather, Alvarez make weight before a crowd of 12,200 at MGM Grand

There were plenty of people in the boxing industry who wondered if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico would be able to make the 152-pound catch-weight for his junior middleweight title fight Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

No problem. Alvarez on Friday weighed in at exactly 152 pounds before an almost unbelievable crowd of 12,200. That is not a misprint. Over 12,000 for a weigh-in. That should tell everybody just how big this fight has become.

The 152 pounds is two under the junior middleweight limit.

It was not going to be an issue for Mayweather. Although he has fought at junior middleweight twice before,  he is more of a welterweight. He weighed 150 1/2 pounds Friday.

Afterward, Alvarez said he had already weighed in before the weigh-in, so he was not concerned..

“I was calm as of yesterday because I knew I was going to make the weight,” he said.

Alvarez was asked about the enormous crowd, most of which was cheering for him.

“I’m happy with all the support from my fans, and tomorrow I’m going to reward them with a victory,” he said.

All that was through a translator. Before exiting the interview, in English he said, “I was born ready.”

Mayweather received some applause and lots of jeers. But just like Alvarez, his mid-section was ripped.

“I got the best trainer in the world in my corner,” he said of his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. “(I’m) 44-0. Saturday, 45-0.”

Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, 23, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

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Mike Tyson gives his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul Alvarez fight

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson this week weighed in on Saturday’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Not surprisingly, he’s picking Mayweather.

“I’ve only seen ‘Canelo’ fight twice – against (Josesito) Lopez and (Austin) Trout,” Tyson said. “Trout gave him some trouble and he isn’t as experienced and as technically skilled as Floyd is. Floyd stays in tip-top shape and is a very relaxed fighter. He is at his peak. It’s going to be hard for anybody to beat Floyd now unless he doesn’t train.

“Floyd has transcended the game so much that the best fighters out there now try to emulate his style. Floyd wins by a decision.”

Mayweather is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. not shy at final news conference with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. had a cool quote Wednesday at the final news conference promoting his junior middleweight title fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Mayweather touched on Alvarez’s record, which is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

“I’ve been here before, so I know what it takes,” Mayweather said. “He’s 42-0, but he hasn’t faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he’d be 0-42. I’m at the pinnacle. I’m the face of boxing and I’m dedicated to my craft.”

Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, of Mexico, is 23.

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Catch today’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez news conference

Today’s final news conference for Saturday’s junior middleweight title mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be streamed live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 12:45 p.m.

The proceedings can be viewed via YouTube, UStream and www.sports.sho.com.

Saturday’s card will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

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Tune in to MGM Grand arrivals for Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make their MGM Grand arrivals today ahead of their junior middleweight title fight there Saturday (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Alvarez is slated to arrive at 3 p.m. with Mayweather coming through at 3:30.

Other arrivals will include Lucas Matthysse at 2:30 and Danny Garcia at 2:45. They will tangle for Garcia’s super lightweight championship in the semi-main event.

The arrivals are open to the public. For those not there, they can be viewed live online at www.Sports.SHO.com/live, www.mayweatherpromotions.com and www. goldenboypromotions.com.

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Don’t miss Saturday’s third episode of ‘All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo’

We’re not going to tell you why, but make sure you tune in Saturday at 10 p.m. on Showtime for the third episode of “All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo.”

The documentary goes inside the camps of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who Sept. 14 will square off in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, 23, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

 

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Mayweather: Alvarez watching tape of his fight with Cotto won’t be of any help

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez recently told reporters he has spent quite a bit of time watching film of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unanimous-decision victory over Miguel Cotto in May 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Although Mayweather won by six, six and eight points on the scorecards, Cotto had a few good moments, even drawing blood from Mayweather’s nose.

Mayweather on Wednesday was asked what Alvarez might be able to take from that fight that will serve him well when they square off in a junior middleweight title fight Sept. 14 at MGM Grand (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Mayweather gave the best answer he could give.

“Only thing he can learn from the Cotto fight is how to lose,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, 23, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

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Oscar De La Hoya says Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez can do what he couldn’t

Oscar De La Hoya squared off with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight title fight in May 2007 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the same venue where Mayweather will tangle with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in a junior middleweight title fight (on Showtime pay-per-view).

De La Hoya did very well in the first half of the fight, but he stopped using his jab and Mayweather emerged with a split-decision victory. De La Hoya believes that Alvarez will do what he and other great fighters of Mexican descent – namely Jose Luis Castillo, Juan Manuel Marquez and Chicanito Hernandez – could not do, defeat Mayweather.

“For one thing, youth is on his side,” De La Hoya said of Alvarez, who is just 23; Mayweather is 36. “But the real advantage will be the intelligence. People will also be surprised with his speed.”

Alvarez said he first began following Mayweather fights in 2001 and 2002 when he fought Diego Corrales and Castillo, respectively. He apparently watched De La Hoya-Mayweather with great interest.

“Oscar, of course,” he said, when asked for whom he was rooting. What else was he going to say? De La Hoya’s his boss.

Mayweather is 44-0 with 46 knockouts. Alvarez is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

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