MACAU – Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios both came below the welterweight limit for their 12-round showdown on Sunday.
Rios was the first to tip the scales at 146 and ½ lbs, before Pacquiao followed suit and made it at 145 lbs. during the official weigh-in Saturday morning before a crowd of about a thousand at the Cotai Arena here.
The American from Oxnard, California wore a blue baseball cap over white shirt and green track suit, while a huge tattooed eagle adorned his left chest. He gamely played with the audience when he was loudly jeered shortly after the traditional staredown between the two fighters.
Pacquiao meanwhile, was in an all-blue track suit, but wore a yellow shirt inside that has the words `The Champ Knows’ prominently printed in front. Chants of Manny! Manny! Manny! greeted the eight-time world champion before and after he made weight.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, said the Filipino boxing icon was right on target as far as his weight is concerned on the eve of the match.
“I thought he’s (Manny) coming in at about 144. It’s a great weight. I want him to be a little heavier, but he had two good meals last night (Friday),” said Roach following the weigh-in.
The two Filipinos fighting in the undercard also made the weight.
Dan Nazareno came in at 152 lbs for his four-round super-welterweight bout against Pacquiao sparmate Liam Vaughan (153.5), while undefeated Harmonito Dela Torre weighed 130 lbs. as he takes on Indonesian Jason Butar Butar (128 lbs) in six rounds at lightweight.