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Pacquiao, Bradley each make weight for Saturday’s title fight

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Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, left, looks on as Timothy Bradley Jr. strikes a pose during an official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, June 8, 2012. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against the undefeated Bradley at the arena on Saturday.

Pacquiao and Bradley Weigh-in

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, left, and Timothy Bradley Jr. face off during an official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, June 8, 2012. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against the undefeated Bradley at the arena on Saturday. Launch slideshow »
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer, Case Keefer and Taylor Bern usher in fight week by discussing everything surrounding Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley on their weekly "Waking up with the Sun" radio program. Has Pacquiao lost something? Does Bradley have a chance? And the obligatory question — Will Pacquiao ever fight Floyd Mayweather? Catch Las Vegas Sun sports talk Monday mornings at 8 on 91.5 KUNV.

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley each made weight for their WBO welterweight title fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

During Friday afternoon’s weigh-in, Pacquiao tipped the scales at 147 pounds and Bradley was 146. The welterweight maximum in 147.

The event was free to the public at the MGM, and thousands of people were in attendance to show their support of both fighters. Pacquiao, one of the sport’s top draws, seemed to have more support with his fans coordinating the wave before the fighters took the stage. Others were chanting in favor of Bradley.

The undefeated Bradley is nearly a 5-to-1 betting underdog but has confidently maintained all week that he’ll be the better boxer once the bell rings. He had a swagger in his step on the stage and didn’t back down when staring at Pacquiao during a photo after the weigh-in.

The confidence might not matter come fight night. Even though Pacquiao is coming off a poor performance in outpointing Juan Manuel Marquez, he’s still an eight-division champion and riding a 15-match winning streak that dates back seven years.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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