Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri had their final staredown before Saturday night's clash in China. The weigh-in for the WBO World Welterweight Championship fight was a notable affair, as Algieri initially came in two ounces over the 144-pound weight limit. Pacman had no such issues, tipping the scales two ounces light at 143.8 pounds.
Less than an hour after the first weigh-in, Top Rank Boxing tweeted out Algieri's updated weight. He came in slightly lighter than Pacquiao this time around:
|Pacquiao vs. Algieri Weigh-In Results|
|Manny Pacquiao||143.8 lbs.||5"6.5"||67"|
|Chris Algieri||143.6 lbs.||5'10"||72"|
There is that awkward moment, as noted by Dan Rafael of ESPN, when a fighter is overweight and they step back on the scales wearing nothing but their birthday suit:
In a humorous bit of irony, as HeisenMerch tweeted at Rafael, Algieri will have some explaining to do on the non-zero chance that he doesn't make weight because of his master's degree in nutrition:
David Greisman of BoxingScene.com was all over the weigh-in, taking particular note of all the cliches being thrown around by the commentators and competitors:
Another humorous part of the weigh-in, as we learned from Bruce Buffer and tweeted out by Greisman, is Algieri's nickname:
To fill in the gaps for those who may not know Algieri's backstory, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, the 30-year-old earned a bachelor's degree in health science from Stony Brook University and a master's in clinical nutrition from New York Institute of Technology.
He paid off his student loans with the money he made from his bout with Provodnikov, in which he survived two hard first-round knockdowns to win a gut-check decision. That landed him a bout, along with his first $1 million-plus purse, against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday on HBO Pay-Per-View in one of the year's high-profile events.
One non-cliche was uttered by Pacquiao, who was asked about the allure of taking on an undefeated fighter, per Top Rank Boxing:
This was a huge moment for Algieri and Pacquiao, as it was the last best chance to sell the fight. Despite the obvious allure of Pacquiao, there's a mystery surrounding Algieri because he hasn't had many high-profile fights in his career.
Despite Algieri's 20-0 record, his only premier win was against Ruslan Provodnikov in June. This is a huge step up in competition for the American, so it's on him to convince people that he can turn this fight with one of the best fighters in the world into more than just an exhibition.
While the cliches being thrown out by everyone didn't exactly light the stage on fire, Algieri has the ability to at least take this 12 rounds. After all, he survived two knockdowns early against Provodnikov to win that fight.