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Mayweather-Canelo: Saul says both sides budged on weight

By Salvador Rodriguez

Many fans have centered their attention on the contracted weight for the junior middleweight clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs) and WBC/WBA/Ring champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-0-1, 30KOs), taking place on September 14th and live on Showtime Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The two boxers will battle at 152-pounds, two pounds below the junior middleweight limit of 154.

Before the deal got finalized, there were several stories regarding the weight. Mayweather allegedly demanded a weight closer to the welterweight limit of 147, and Canelo wanted their match at 154. There was some concern from Mayweather camp members, as Canelo rehydrates to 170-pounds or more on fight night. In the end the Mexican superstar says both boxers budged from their positions to reach an agreed-upon weight.

"Things are happening as I expected. This is the fight that I wanted, and now I have it. This is for all Mexicans and my fans around the world. The fight is happening at 152 and that's fine. I'll have to work a little harder, but I feel that I can make the weight and I'll still be strong. [To make the fight] I had to give a little [on the weight], and he had to give a little too. It was fair and I feel that both parties are happy. He fought at 154 pounds before, but he wanted [152 for this fight] and I accepted. He gave a little, and I gave in a little, and now we're going to fight," Canelo said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by switchsouthpaw on 05-31-2013

"I look at Miguel Cotto as an undefeated fighter because he faced Pacquiao, but Pacquiao caught him at a catch weight. He wasn't the best Miguel Cotto. He was drained. He wasn't hydrated." --Floyd Mayweather via HBO's Face Off with…

Comment by boxingfeind on 05-31-2013

[QUOTE=stefl14;13435398]Floyd can't do any wrong in your eyes. Floyd said that Cotto weighed 168 on fight night (I don't believe that at all) yet he can't let Canelo get to 172? This is about putting Alvarez at a psychological and…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 05-31-2013

[QUOTE=Dominicano Soy;13435394]That's not the issue, Canelo rehydrating 19 pounds heavier after the weigh in against Trout is. Whether that's within rule or not, it's an insane amount of weight. I think Floyd tried to make things into more of an…

Comment by HeroBando on 05-31-2013

[QUOTE=Mr.Smith;13437019]Cotto said he was not comfortable at that weight. If Canelo says he's not comfortable with it then that's understandable. Canelo say's he's good with it and we should be too. Hat's off to both gentlemen.[/QUOTE] Clearly he wasn't happy…

Comment by Mr.Smith on 05-31-2013

[QUOTE=loui_ludwig;13436981]I meant by 154 pounds is the 154 pound division, not saying he weigh in at 154. What does it have to with Pac? Were talking about Mayweather saying he fights his opponents at a healthy weight.[/QUOTE] Cotto said he…

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