'Loaded' Manny Pacquiao easily makes weight for third fight against Tim Bradley
Manny Pacquiao came in well under the welterweight limit after tipping the scales at 145.5 lbs. during the official weigh-in for his third fight with Tim Bradley. AP

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao had breakfast and lunch on Friday (Saturday, Manila time), and still easily made weight for his 12-round fight with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand.

The Filipino boxing icon didn’t have any problem making the welterweight limit of 147 lbs. after tipping the scales at 145.5 despite loading up hours before the weigh-in held in the same arena before an estimate 7,500 crowd of mostly ‘Pacman’ fans.

Just minutes after, Pacquiao again had a meal consisting of soup, white rice, beef, fruits, and melon.

Bradley was obviously the bigger of the two fighters, showing off a body ripping with muscles when it was his time on the weighing scales came. He came in at 146.5 lbs.

Amid deafening cheers by pro-Pacquiao fans, Bradley said he is confident about winning Saturday night’s fight against Pacquiao, the third meeting between the two ring rivals.

“There’s gonna be a lot of disappointed Pacquiao fans tomorrow night,” he said as a chorus of boos drowned his voice while being interviewed on stage.

“This is another opportunity for me to show that I’m a top-rated fighter in the world, that I can beat Manny Pacquiao,” he said.

The Filipino remained his modest, humble self, promising fight fans a lot of action in what could be the final chapter of his storied boxing career.

“Expect more action in the ring and a good fight than the last two that we had,” said Pacquiao, who repeatedly blew kisses to the crowd that included his entire family.

The  two boxers had their traditional staredown at the center of the stage after the weigh-in, before they were joined later on by all-time great and five-time world champion Robert Duran.

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