Bradley and Marquez Make Weight Ahead of Welterweight Title Clash
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WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley and challenger Juan Manuel Marquez both easily made weight on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas ahead of their big fight on Saturday night.
Bradley tipped the scales at a cut 146 pounds, while Marquez came in a couple of pounds below the limit at 144.5 pounds.
Both men appeared in top-top shape ahead of their showdown, and both will enter the ring looking to make a statement.
Bradley will be hoping to get a career-defining victory—after his widely panned decision over Manny Pacquiao in 2012—while Marquez will be looking to become the first Mexican fighter to capture a world championship in five weight classes.
On the undercard, both Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz came in within the featherweight limit. They will compete for the vacant WBO 126-pound championship in the main support bout tomorrow night.
Cruz, who is seeking to become boxing's first openly gay world champion, weighed-in at 125 pounds while Salido hit the featherweight limit at 126 pounds.
Bradley vs. Marquez will be shown live Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, and you can catch all your live round-by-round scoring and analysis here at Bleacher Report beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Here's your quick recap from today's weigh-in:
Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO) 146 vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) 144.5 (For Bradley's WBO Welterweight Championship)
Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KO) 125 vs. Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO) 126 (For Vacant WBO Featherweight Championship)
Jose Ramirez (25-3, 15 KO) 126.5 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (debut) 125 (For Ramirez's WBO International Featherweight Title. Ramirez was a half pound overweight at the weigh-in)
Sean Monaghan (18-0, 11 KO) 175 vs. Anthony Smith (14-1, 10 KO) 175 (For Monaghan's WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Championship)
Bradley 146 pounds
Marquez 144.5 pounds
Bradley's WBO Welterweight Championship on the line.
Intense staredown there between Bradley and Marquez.
I especially like how Tim was chewing gum in Juan's face...
Bradley in at 146 pounds, and he looks even more ripped than Marquez.
He's in tremendous shape.
Boos erupt anew as Timothy Bradley steps onto the scale...
Marquez looks looks cut and ripped as he steps on the scale...
144.5 pounds. Well inside the welterweight limit.
Marquez on the scales.
Tim Bradley will not be a popular dude in the Thomas and Mack Center tomorrow...and he's not popular here at the Wynn for this weigh-in.
An overwhelmingly pro-Mexican crowd.
Just got word that Anthony Smith made 175-pounds on his second attempt...in the nude...
Bradley says he'll need to use all his tools to beat "warrior" Marquez. Says he can't wait to touch gloves and get it on.
Bradley says his legacy is very important and having Marquez name on his resume speaks volumes. Says with a win he'd become top 3 pound-for-pound in the sport.
Tim Bradley, being interviewed before weighing-in, says he loves the media and fan attention of fight week.
Salido is one of those fighters who can't be judged by his record. The Mexican is as tough as they come, and Cruz will need to be on his A-Game to bring that title to Puerto Rico.
Great show of support there from Miguel Cotto.
Cruz is Puerto Rican and Salido is Mexican.
One of the greatest national rivalries in all of sports.
Orlando Salido 126 pounds
Orlando Cruz 125 pounds
The WBO Featherweight Championship will be on the line.
Miguel Cotto accompanying Orlando Cruz to the scales...
And Cruz is in at 125 even.
Salido in at exactly 126 pounds.
Orlando Salido is a three-time world champion and will be looking for a fourth tomorrow night.
Orlando Cruz and Orlando Salido are up next to weigh-in.
Cruz looking to become the first openly gay world champion in boxing.
And now we have some confirmation that Ramirez will indeed need to lose that extra half-pound in order to compete for the WBO International Featherweight Championship tomorrow night.
He weighed-in at 126.5 which is just over the 126-pound featherweight limit.
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