Floyd Mayweather Jr and WBC welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz made weight this afternoon at a ridiculous event at the MGM Grand that gave the bar a new low for weigh-in events.
Mayweather weighed in at 146½ pounds, with Ortiz at the divisional limit of 147. Both fighters looked to be in good shape, as Floyd looked like Floyd and Ortiz looked like the bigger man, and should be expected to weigh a fair bit more tomorrow in the ring against Mayweather.
But let's talk about today's event, which was an embarrassing spectacle that hopefully won't be repeated. If you've been here in the past, you may recall the Mayweather vs Marquez weigh-in of 2009. I thought that was about as moronic as a weigh-in could get, with Mexican Guy Host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo and Black Guy Host D.L. Hughley trading, um, "witticisms" during the event in a lowest-common-denominator effort to entertain the crowd. They were awful, but in a memorable fashion.
Today, Golden Boy repeated the formula, inviting comic Paul Rodriguez to play Mexican Guy Host, and Kevin Hart to play Black Guy host. True to form, Hart started the "festivities" by noting, to a chorus of boos, that he was for Mayweather. This shocker was met with an increasingly-obnoxious clown routine from Rodriguez, who noted that he was for Ortiz, and also made upwards of 16,000 "jokes" about every other Mexican fighter on the stage.
Rodriguez was like a hyperactive child, drawing no laughs and repeatedly screaming over the real emcee, Michael Buffer, while Buffer attempted to announce the weights of the fighters. Hart largely faded into the background as Rodriguez went batty, making (as one BLH commenter put it) George Lopez look like George Carlin.
By the end of the show, Col. Bob Sheridan called the whole thing a "circus," and we were left only to hope that next time Golden Boy promotes a black guy against a Mexican guy, they'll just let Michael Buffer host the damn thing and not feel the need to run us over with bad comedians doing tired routines that entertain nobody.
The end of the weigh-in did feature your usual "let's get in each other's faces and look like we're mad" routine from Mayweather and Ortiz. Mayweather wound up using his right hand to, I believe, simulate a gun, poking Ortiz in the throat with his index finger. Finger-poking being nothing new for Mayweather stories, this was then one-upped as Mayweather half-heartedly "choked" Ortiz.
Let's get to the real fight. The weigh-in wore me out.