A painfully thin WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) weighed in on Friday in the WBC mandated 7-day weigh-in for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44, 26 KO’s) on September 14th, and not surprisingly Canelo is still over the catch-weight limit of 152 pounds.
Canelo still has a little less than a week to lose the remaining 5.4 lbs. or else he’ll have to pay a penalty fine for coming in over weight. Golden Boy Promotions isn’t saying what the penalty is if Canelo comes in over the 152 lb. catch-weight limit or if he’ll be the one to pay or them.
I guess the main thing is for Canelo to have a chance to win the fight, and if it’s going to destroy him to lose the last 5.4 lbs. to get down to the 152 lb. limit for the fight, then maybe Canelo should blow off the catch-weight and just focus in coming into the fight at a weight that he feels will leave him strong enough to win it.
Based on how thin Canelo looks right now, I don’t think he should bother losing any more additional weight if he wants to win the fight. Sure, Canelo will lose his WBA and WBC 154 lb. titles by coming in over the catch-weight limit, but at least he’ll have a better chance of winning the fight.
If Canelo takes off the extra 5.4 lbs. to make the catch-weight, it could be trouble for him, because right now the heaviest thing on him appears to be his head. His head looks too big for his body now, as it’s not weight like the rest of him has.
Mayweather Jr. weighed in at 152.2 lbs., and all he has to do lose the weight is don’t drink water the day of the weigh-in. He might even be able to make the weight even if he does drink water. It’s not going to be hard at all for Mayweather.
The worry with Canelo is that he likely already has lost close to 20 pounds in draining down from 173 lbs., and to have to lose another 5.4 pounds on top of what he’s already lost could leave him too weak to fight properly once he puts the weight back on.
There’s no question that Canelo will be able to rehydrate back up to the 170s, but putting your body through such a stressful thing like this before a fight isn’t a good thing to do because Canelo will be too weak to fight for more than 30-45 seconds per round. The rest of the time he’ll he need rest because his body will be in shock with having 20+ lbs. of water weight shifted back into his body overnight.