NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Antonio Margarito of Mexico gestures as he takes the scale for his bout with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their weigh in at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The fighters hit the scale this evening for the official weigh-ins for the HBO PPV card headlined by the rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. The weigh-ins were the standard affair with one exception which we'll get to in a second.
Things got underway with Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak making their rematch official. The two met in a great fight earlier this year that leads many 2011 Fight of the Year polls. Rodriguez weighed in at 153 pounds while Wolak was 153.5, both coming in under the 154 pound limit.
Sebastian Lujan and Mike Jones were up next in what may be the sleeper fight of the night and both made weight with no problem. Lujan checked in at 146, as did the 6'0" Jones.
John Murray looked sharp as he was at 134.75 pounds for his bout with Brandon Rios, but that's where things took a turn. Rios was unable to make weight on his first attempt, stripped down and then was told he would have an hour to try to make the 135 pound limit. After the hour ended, Rios was still at 136.6 and as such will vacate his WBA lightweight title and pay Murray $20,000 of his fight purse. Murray can still win the title tomorrow night, but Rios will not be the champion no matter the outcome. An additional twist was added in the negotiations to force Rios to weigh in again at 9 a.m. at which point he can not weigh more than 147 pounds. This seriously changes the complexion of that fight.
Finally, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito hit the scales. Cotto was met with enthusiastic cheers while Margarito was booed and taunted by the pro-Cotto crowd. Both men looked in great shape with Cotto at 152.25 and Cotto at 152.5.
The card promises a ton of action and we'll have plenty of coverage around the SB Nation network.