Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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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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.