The much-hyped lightweight world championship fight from the MGM Grand between Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis is now less than 24 hours away. On Friday, the two weighed in, with Marquez a pound under the limit at 134 and Katsidis right on point at 135.
The WBC welterweight title fight between Andre Berto and Freddy Hernandez is also on the card. Berto came in looking trim and fit at 145 pounds, with Hernandez at 147. In the night's opening televised bout, Celestino Caballero faces Jason Litzau, and there's a bit of a blinking red light on that one now. Litzau, a natural super featherweight, came in at 130 pounds. Caballero, who has moved up from 122 and 126 to take this fight at 130, was overweight at 131½. An hour later, Caballero returned and weighed in at 130. The fight will go ahead, but there is now some risk that Caballero isn't in peak shape for the fight.
- Jeff Fenech is favoring his countryman Katsidis to break down Marquez and score the upset: "Katsidis still has a few big years in the game and he shows higher profile guys like Anthony Mundine and Danny Green what it means to be a world-class fighter. He doesn't hand-pick opponents - every fight he has he wants to prove he is the best in the world by fighting the best in the world and if he gets beaten trying to prove that, then at least he had a crack. Whenever I see Mike Tyson in the States he asks me about Katsidis because the guy brings so much excitement into the ring."
- Marquez says if it comes to it (and it will, according to Freddie Roach), then he'd be happy to fight Manny Pacquiao at 147 pounds. Marquez would probably fight Pacquiao with no weight limit and no gloves and no ropes and no referee if it came down to it.