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The staredown at Friday’s weigh-in was a microcosm of the buildup to Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0) and Miguel Cotto (37-2).
Though it didn’t look like he said anything, Mayweather’s mouth was constantly moving as he chewed on a piece of gum and smiled at the straight-faced, stoic Cotto.
This has been each man’s persona the entire time leading up to their fight for the super welterweight championship. Mayweather has been carrying the fight’s promotion on HBO’s “24/7” while Cotto just wants to fight already.
Soon he will get his wish as both men stepped on the scales and made weight for the 154-pound bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Mayweather, who’s moving up to the weight class for just the second time in his career, weighed in at 151 pounds. When he fought Oscar De La Hoya exactly five years ago, he was 150 pounds, then the highest of his career.
Cotto came in at 154 pounds, the same as De La Hoya, his promoter for this fight, did back then. He may be closer to 160 pounds by the time the fight starts late Saturday night.
For the undercard, which will start about 7 p.m. on Saturday, Shane Mosley was over weight by a half-pound, coming in at 154.5. He was given the rest of the day to cut the weight.
Mosley, who said he weighed 154 on a different scale, didn't seem too concerned about losing a half pound. His opponent, Canelo Alvarez, weighed in at exactly 154 pounds.