Ortiz unfazed by Mayweather’s choke hold at weigh-in

Steve Cofield
Boxing Experts BlogSeptember 17, 2011

It was a final bit of intimidation by Camp Mayweather before tonight's big fight in Las Vegas. With a massive entourage backing him, Floyd Mayweather lost his cool a bit and grabbed Victor Ortiz around the neck during Friday's weigh-in.

"It's all a big joke," Ortiz mumbled. "It's nothing."

Beyond that minor fracas, it was a low key weigh-in. Both fighters easily made weight. Mayweather checked in at 146.5 pounds and Ortiz was right on the money at 147. The festivites were hosted by comedians Paul Rodriguez and Kevin Hart in front of roughly 5,000 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather, 34, was the fighter who broke mentally on Friday. He says it won't happen tonight under the big lights.

"I have been at this for 16 years. This is the first time for Ortiz," Mayweather said. "I just have to keep my composure, stick to my game plan, and listen to what my (trainer) Uncle Roger tells me."

In a world where most fans totally disregard title belts, Mayweather is actually the challenger for Ortiz's WBC welterweight strap. The challenger is a 7-to-1 favorite.

"Star Power" weigh-in:

Floyd Mayweather Jr 146.5 vs. Victor Ortiz 147

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 153.6 vs. Alfonso Gomez 152.6{ysp:more}

Erik Morales 140 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 140

Jessie Vargas 142 vs. Josesito Lopez 140.5

Dion Savage 168 vs. Adonis Stevenson 160

Antonio Orozco 142 vs. Fernando Rodriguez 144

Juan Manuel Montiel 134 vs. Anthony Crolla 135

Dhafir Smith 168 vs. Marco Antonio Periban 168

Carson Jones 145 vs. Said Ouali 147

Cassius Clay 133 vs. Kyrone Butler 134