mayweather-alvarez a weighty bout
LAS VEGAS — 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 had to starve himself to make it. "The truth," promoter Richard Schaefer says, "lies somewhere in the middle."
Weight is always a big deal in fights, and it is center stage again in one of the biggest fights in recent years. Tonight's megafight is officially for a version of the 154-pound title held by Alvarez but will be fought at a catch weight of 152 pounds.
Alvarez was 152 at the weigh-in Friday, delighting a raucous crowd of about 12,000 that packed the MGM Arena to watch. Mayweather weighed in at 1501/2. Mayweather (44-0-0, 26 KOs) is a 21/2-1 favorite against Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs), the shortest odds for a Mayweather fight in years.
The fight will be televised on pay-per-view at a suggested cost of $74.95. Mayweather will earn the biggest purse ever for a fighter, $41.5 million guaranteed, with more millions to come if the pay-per-view takes off. Early indications are that the fight will be one of the biggest in years, with celebrities who usually get free tickets even offering to pay for ringside seats at the MGM Grand hotel that first sold at $2,000 and Friday were being offered for as much as $29,000.
Odom charged with DUI after arrest
Free agent forward Lamar Odom was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, nearly two weeks after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway.
The charges stem from Odom's Aug. 30 arrest in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said. He was taken into custody after a sobriety test.
Odom, 33, played for the Clippers last season.
NBA: Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who missed 50 of 82 regular-season games last year, said he is "100 percent" healthy and feeling the best he has since fracturing his left ankle in January 2012. He is entering the final season of five-year, $60 million deal.
America's Cup: On a lay day, both teams worked on their 72-foot catamarans following two more decisive wins by Emirates Team New Zealand over Oracle Team USA on San Francisco Bay. The Kiwis lead 6 to minus-1. Races 8 and 9 were scheduled for today.
Tennis: Milos Raonic served 34 aces to outlast Janko Tipsarevic in five sets and tie the Davis Cup semifinal between Canada and host Serbia at 1-1 after the opening singles matches. In the other match, Novak Djokovic swept Vasek Pospisil in three sets. In the other semi, defending champion Czech Republic led Argentina 2-0. … Rafael Nadal played his first Davis Cup match for Spain since 2011 and beat beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-0, 6-0, 6-4 for a 2-0 lead over Ukraine in a World Group playoff.