Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.
Standing on the crowded weigh-in stage in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz aggressively tried to stare each other down.
The welterweight fighters, who will return to the MGM Saturday to fight for Ortiz’s WBC championship belt, were literally inches apart and not bashful in some last-minute trash talk.
Like most weigh-ins, the fighter’s weights are only half the entertainment. And with the event open the public, a packed Grand Garden saw first-hand what has been a battle of words back and forth.
Mayweather (41-0) tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds and Ortiz (29-2-2) came in the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.
Boxers from the night’s other two fights each also successfully weighed in.
Erik Morales and Pablo Cesar Cano each came in at the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds in their fight for the vacant WBC lightweight title.
Also, Las Vegas’ Jessie Vargas came in at 142 pounds for his junior welterweight fight against Josesito Lopez, who weight 140.5 pounds.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.