and green packed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday afternoon for exactly what was less of a boxing weigh-in than a rousing Cinco de Mayo fiesta. The throngs shouted, sang and danced for nearly two hours inside the arena while they awaited Saul” Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to step onto the scales. Both fighters ultimately made the 164.5-pound limit, however it was simply a side note to the occasion. “You have 2 of the top Mexican fighters and this is a celebration, “said Jesus Sanchez, who owned with his friends from Los Angeles to see the battle.” It’s an event in itself. The energy was so charged in there with the mariachis and whatever. “Fans were lined up at the MGM ticket office will contact us to pick up their reserved tickets considering that about 8 a.m. Those who didn’t get tickets early needed to wait in a different line that twisted around
the outside of the arena and stretched more than 200 feet down the street. There were fans wearing face paint, boxing gloves and Mexican flags curtained over their shoulders. Some in mariachi gear took out instruments to captivate those desperately waiting hours for a glimpse of Alvarez
and Chavez Jr.” It was all worth it, “said Eddie Velasquez, who also drove from Los Angeles. He will be watching the battle at one of the MGM Grand’s closed-circuit television celebrations Saturday night.” It’s going to be an excellent fight.
They both go forward so there’s going to be blood. “Velasquez left the building happily holding a boxing glove covered in sharpie. He purchased the blank glove at the MGM and was able to get signatures from Mexican boxing greats Ignacio “Nacho “Beristain and Marco Antonio Berrera, in addition to Lucas Matthysse
, who is battling on Saturday night’s undercard.” It’s really big since it will determine who is Mexico’s finest fighter,” said Olga Avila, who drove out from San Diego to enjoy the battle. “It was the very best experience ever, and I know Canelo is going to win,” she stated, happily pointing to her Canelo T-shirt.
Surprisingly, the majority of the crowd was rooting for Chavez Jr. Thousands shouted his name while using” Chavez Jr.” bandanas firmly connected around their foreheads and hoisting signs as he made the walk to the stage. Alvarez looked to be in impressive shape as he stepped on the scale
9.5 pounds heavier than he ever has in his 50-fight career. The 2 will lastly square off in the extremely anticipated bout tonight at T-Mobile Arena. The HBO pay-per-view starts at 7 p.m., as does our live coverage.