Joel Casamayor strips naked and still misses weight on first try
The wonders of boxing never stop. It has the decorum of a drunk at midnight Mass.
Friday in Las Vegas, they held the weigh-in for this weekend’s boxing card, featuring Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez. A crowd of about 5,000 attended, raising questions again about the intellectual depth of our current society.
Weighing in before Pacquiao and Marquez were featured undercard fighters Tim Bradley and Joel Casamayor. They had to make 140 pounds and Casamayor came in at 141. So they did what any self-respecting sport would do. They had him strip off his underpants and held his sweat jacket in front of him to shield the vision of his private parts from the crowd. He still was 141, proving that underpants apparently weigh less than a pound.
All of this might have gone a lot better had the setting not been a sort of theater in the round. Nothing was left to the imagination, but, to their credit, the ever-present, skimpily dressed Tecate girls, standing a few feet away on each side of the stage, looked up and away.
Michael Buffer, marquee ring announcer (yes, there is such a thing), helped immensely with the taste issue when he announced to the crowd that Casamayor would have another chance in a hour to make weight and that “one trip to the restroom usually takes care of that.”
Casamayor did make weight on his next attempt.
Photo: Joel Casamayor, right, is held back as he and opponent Tim Bradley exchange some words during the weigh-in Friday. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images