INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Juan Manuel Marquez came in well below the 143-pound contract limit for his welterweight title eliminator against Mike Alvarado, weighing 141.6 pounds at Friday’s weight at the Forum.
Alvarado was 143.2 pounds, but no fuss was made about his being .2 pounds over the limit. According to Team Alvarado, they believed the limit was 144 pounds. However, Top Rank matchmaker Brad "Abdul" Goodman, who wrote out the contract, said it was 143 pounds, and that is also what Team Marquez said.
However, since Alvarado weighed in with his pants on, it was clear had he stripped he would have made weight. Marquez co-promoter Fernando Beltran said it was no big deal because of that fact.
“We were being gentlemen. He would have made weight, so there’s no issue,” Beltran said.
The WBO, which is sanctioning the fight as a title eliminator for the right to be titleholder Manny Pacquiao’s mandatory challenger, had no issue either since the weight limit for the welterweight division is 147 pounds and both were well inside it.
The fight Saturday night (HBO, 10:15 p.m. ET/PT) is the first fight card at the Forum since 2001.