MIGUEL COTTO danced gently to the music coming through his headphones while Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez relaxed on the opposite side of the stage. It was perhaps the last moment of calm before the storm. The Mexican was beckoned to the scales where he weighed 155lbs – the contracted catchweight for this world middleweight title fight – before the champion came in at 153 1/2lbs. Three-thousand spectators packed the ballroom inside Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and erupted with excitement as the two fighters, elegantly muscled for war, went nose to nose.
“This support motivates me,” said Alvarez as his fans continued to go beserk. “I am tremendously blessed to have this support. I will pay them back with a great fight tomorrow night.”