By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – The size advantage Keith Thurman thinks will serve him well Saturday night was on full display Friday afternoon.
The taller Thurman looked down at Pacquiao as they stood face-to-face following their weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Thurman and Pacquiao were the same weight moments earlier, however, when they stepped on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s scale.
Thurman, of Clearwater, Florida, and Pacquiao, of General Santos City, Philippines, each officially weighed in at 146½ pounds.
Their 12-round, 147-pound championship match will be the main event of a four-fight FOX Sports Pay-Per-View telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena ($74.95 in HD). They’ll fight for Thurman’s WBA “super” welterweight title.
The 40-year-old Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) is a slight favorite over the 30-year-old Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) at the MGM Grand sports book.
Below are the weigh-in results for the first three pay-per-view fights (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), as well as the two fights that’ll be televised live on FOX, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-0-1, 19 KOs), Weslaco, Texas, 147 pounds vs. Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs), Miami, Florida, 147 pounds, 12 rounds, WBC welterweight elimination match.
Sergey Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs), Martuk, Kazakhstan, 147 pounds vs. Javar Inson (18-2, 12 KOs), Davan City, Philippines, 147 pounds, 10 rounds for the WBO intercontinental welterweight title.
Luis Nery (29-0, 23 KOs, 1 NC), Tijuana, Mexico, 118½ pounds vs. Juan Carlos Payano (21-2, 9 KOs), La Vega, Dominican Republic, 117½ pounds, 12 rounds for the WBC silver bantamweight title. Nery was granted one hour by the NSAC to return to the scale at the 118-pound limit for their fight.
Caleb Plant (18-0, 10 KOs), Ashland City, Tennessee, 168 pounds vs. Mike Lee (21-0, 11 KOs), Wheaton, Illinois, 167 pounds, 12 rounds for Plant’s IBF super middleweight title.
Efe Ajagba (10-0, 9 KOs), Ughelli, Nigeria, 242 pounds vs. Ali Eren Demirezen (11-0, 10 KOs), Samsun, Turkey, 247½ pounds, 10 rounds, heavyweights.
The Plant-Lee and Ajagba-Demirezen fights will be broadcast by FOX, before the action shifts to FOX Sports Pay-Per-View.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.