Robert Morales and Rick Reeno have compiled an article over at BoxingScene detailing a lot of ongoing confusion about what the weight limit actually is for the July 18 bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Marquez, coming up from 135, has said he didn't want to go all the way up to 147 pounds, where Mayweather has been competing since 2006. The deal had supposedly been reached for a catchweight, and to break it down in bullet points, here's the confusion:
- Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez said "143, give or take a pound," and then "144 max."
- Golden Boy's Oscar de la Hoya said 143.
- Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer told journalists to "ask Leonard Ellerbe," the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, which is -- in theory at least -- the lead promoter for this fight.
- Ellerbe said, "It's a welterweight fight," meaning that the max is the normal 147 pounds.
Now everyone is awaiting a release from the promoters, including Schaefer and Mayweather's business advisor Al Haymon, about what exactly the weight limit is actually going to be for the fight.
It's never easy with the "Pretty Boy," is it?