SAN DIEGO, April 8, 2016 – The long hours in the gym are behind them. Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. have one remaining public event before stepping into the ring for the third fight in their trilogy at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday. Pacquiao and Bradley will step on the scales in front of a packed house of fans today at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Communities Digital News will stream live video here.
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Unlike the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, fans do not have to purchase tickets for the weigh in. But make no mistake, they will pay by getting in line hours in advance to have the chance to see their favorite fighters for just a few minutes on stage. To them it’s worth the experience.
Until the early 1980s, boxers would weigh-in early on the same day of the fight. But on the rare occasions a boxer doesn’t make the weight limit, the fight is at risk of being called off. In 1982, Eddie Mustapha Muhammed came in overweight for his light heavyweight bout against Michael Spinks. Spinks refused to go through with the fight, which was his right, and it was scrapped. With just hours to go before the fight was scheduled later that evening, the entire event was cancelled. HBO, the promoters and the boxing commission vowed weigh-ins would start taking place the day before so this didn’t happen again.
Now, fighters are given a few hours to make weight if they are anywhere close. If they cannot, the fighter who made weight can decide if he wants to continue, and the man who couldn’t make weight usually has to give up some of his purse to his opponent, which can really sting.
The networks and promoters also began to realize that weigh-ins on the day prior could be turned into staged public events of their own. Fans are invited to come watch in a public venue for free to cheer on their champion, which gets them invested in the contest.
Don’t expect any drama. Pacquiao and Bradley generally make weight with ease. They are seasoned professionals and making weight is part of the job. The fighters know each other and they are cordial. Their trainers don’t have a warm and fuzzy relationship, but Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas have apparently decided to give each other a wide berth this week.
You will also get to see the undercard fighters weigh in, so take advantage of getting to know these athletes a little better and watch them sizing each other up as you size them up yourself before Fight Night.
Count on Communities Digital News for full Fight Week coverage including reports from ringside in Las Vegas Saturday. Bookmark this column and return to see live streams of preview programs along with our insights on the main event and undercard fights. Following the weigh in, listen to the HBO Boxing Podcast: Live from Radio Row; Day 2/Weigh-In Chat
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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