Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios Make Weight Ahead of Saturday Showdown in China

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2013

Pacquiao and Rios both came in under the welterweight limit.
Pacquiao and Rios both came in under the welterweight limit.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios both came in under the welterweight limit on Friday night ahead of their huge showdown on Saturday from Macau, China, for the WBO International Welterweight Championship.

Pacquiao weighed in at 145 pounds, while Rios tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds. 

Both fighters appeared to be in excellent shape, and displayed little of the animosity and acrimony that has permeated the lead-up to this fight after an ugly scuffle on Wednesday between the fighters camps.

A dispute over gym time led to an exchange of words—many of the unsavory kind—between head trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, and it resulted in a physical altercation. Punches and kicks were thrown, and both camps have predicted that their guy will take care of any lingering business in the ring Saturday night.

In the main undercard bout, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich came in under the featherweight limit at 125.75 pounds, but his opponent Billy Dib was a half-pound over at 126.5 pounds. He will have two hours to lose the weight and weigh-in again.