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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez made weight today in front of a few thousand passionate fans in Las Vegas, and we are now one day away from fight night at the MGM Grand.
Manny Pacquiao hit the welterweight division limit of 147 pounds, while Juan Manuel Marquez weighed in light as he said he would, coming in at 143 pounds, for tomorrow night's fourth and likely final fight between the two great rivals.
Both Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) and Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO) looked in phenomenal condition, with each man filled out with lean muscle and seemingly not an ounce of fat on their bodies. For all the talk of Marquez bulking up, he mostly just looked leaner than he did a year ago, when he weighed in at 142 pounds to face Pacquiao in November 2011. That fight had a 144-pound catchweight, so it will be interesting to see if Pacquiao being given an extra bit of room (he weighed 143 last year) on the scales will be a benefit for the Filipino, who has fought only welterweight bouts and one catchweight above the limit since 2009, not counting last year's Marquez fight.
On the undercard, Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) and Michael Farenas (34-3-4, 26 KO) both weighed in at 130 pounds for their super featherweight interim WBA title clash. Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KO) weighed in at 135 pounds, while Mercito Gesta (24-0-1, 16 KO) was at 134. They'll fight for Vazquez's IBF lightweight title. And in the pay-per-view opener, Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KO) and Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KO) both tipped the scales at 126 pounds for their interim WBA featherweight title bout.