No scale fail for the welterweight tango which will unfold at the MGM tomorrow (Saturday) night, in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2; age 40), was 146 1/2, and Keith Thurman (29-0; age 30), the younger gun upstart seeking to snare some legacy love from Pacman, was 146 1/2 pounds, at the weigh in on Friday.
The WBA welter crown, held by Thurman, will be on the line, for the record.
Jimmy Lennon Jr presided at the MGM and said, “We have a fight,” as The Senator and the pony-tailed hippie type hitter looked in fighting trim.
Thurman didn’t look weight drained, or mentally drained, from a nasty weight cut, and neither did Manny.
They faced off, started down, and Manny looked up an inch at the champ. Neither cracked a grin, chat time and hyping barbs were in rear view. Manny then smiled as they broke the stare, and he held his fists up and soaked up the crowd love.
Heidi Androl then talked to Thurman: “It is my time…this is ‘One Time,’ and still champion by tomorrow night. Manny Pacquiao ain’t doin’ nuthin’ to me, baby.”
Then, to Manny. The Senator said that he thanked everyone for coming and people will witness a good fight. “I want to prove something,” he said, that being 40 is but a number. It has been one of his best camps ever, he told Androl.
As for undercard fights—Mike Lee looked loose, and also ready to rumble. The Chicagoan was 167, and looked like he didn’t have excess trouble making the cut. Lee then looked on as IBF champ Caleb Plant was 168. They stared down, jawed, and Plant had those Manson lamps flaming. Lee, coming down from 175, grinned, and yelled, “Let’s goooo,” as Plant tried to stare daggers into him. These two will collide on Fox, asa pre-PPV appetizer.
Lee spoke to Androl, and said he was ready to snag that belt. He said he saw fear in Plant’s eyes on Thursday and again today. Plant said, “When the bell rings he’s gonna learn a lesson he never learned at Notre Dame.”
This fight is, it must be said, highly anticipated, that much more so after this story came out.