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Photos: Floyd Mayweather and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez weigh in to 12,000 fans at MGM Grand


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The official weigh-in for undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather-Alvarez Weigh-In at MGM Grand

The official weigh-in for undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul Launch slideshow »

Mayweather and Alvarez Make Weight for Fight

Undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Canelo Alvarez of Mexico face off during an official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday Sept. 13, 2013. The boxers will face each other in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the arena Saturday. Launch slideshow »

Undefeated boxers Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. of Las Vegas and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Guadalajara, Mexico, weighed in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday afternoon ahead of their big fight tonight, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, a longtime sports lens man and fan, was onsite for his photo gallery.

The bout is being hailed as the Fight of the Decade and the Fight of the Century. Whatever it is, Mayweather Jr. (44-0), win or lose, will be paid more than $40 million for the fight, and “canelo” from Spanish means cinnamon, appropriate for the fair-skinned Alvarez’s ginger hair. Canelo’s record is 42-0-1.

Donoghue reported that Mayweather Jr., in plaid boxer shorts, weighed in at 151 1/2 pounds and Alvarez, in green Under Armour compression shorts, at 152 pounds, both of them making weight for the fight and sporting six-pack abs and rock-hard physiques.

Canelo’s statement to all: “I was born ready to win this fight!” And notable on the undercard: Danny Garcia (26-0) of Philadelphia vs. Lucas Matthysse (34-2) of Chubut, Argentina (32 of Matthysse’s wins were by knockout).

Be sure to check out Sports Senior Editor Ray Brewer’s coverage of the weigh-in — the turnout for which was reportedly one of the largest at MGM Grand, if not the largest in boxing history, at more than 12,000 — and Sun photographer Steve Marcus’ photo gallery.

Prediction: Alvarez should and will win. (But I’m an A&E editor, so I am more than likely wrong.)

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