Weighty issues as Mayweather and Alvarez clash

AP - Sports

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Listen to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s people and Canelo Alvarez wanted to fight their man so badly he offered to drop a few pounds to get him to sign on the dotted line.

Listen to the Alvarez camp and Mayweather wanted the fight at an even lower weight that Alvarez would have to starve himself to make.

Promoter Richard Schaefer says the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Weight is always a big deal in fights, and it's center stage again in one of the biggest fights in recent years. Saturday night's megafight is officially for a version of the 154-pound title held by Alvarez, but will be fought at 152 pounds that will be harder for Alvarez to make than it is for Mayweather.

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