Filipino boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and challenger Juan Manuel Marquez both made the 144-lb catch weight on the eve of their bout on Sunday (Manila time).
At the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Pacquiao was at 143 lbs on the scale, while Marquez was at 142, radio dzBB reported.
Marquez will challenge Pacquiao for his welterweight title – the third time that both fighters met since 2004.
A separate report on SB Nation said Pacquiao “looked very muscular as usual,” debunking reports he was underweight the night before.
“He did not look drained one bit despite being under the 144 pound limit,” it said.
Both Pacquiao and Marquez looked in great shape, “and hopefully that translates into a great fight,” it added.
Sunday’s event has been billed as the bout that would finally decide who between the two is the better fighter.
Both fighters had extensively promoted the match worldwide.
Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in their 2004 featherweight championship fight while Pacquiao earned a split-decision victory in a junior lightweight championship bout in 2008.
A separate article on Bad Left Hook quoted Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza as saying the champ is in prime shape for the weigh-in. >>>gmanews.tv<<<