NEW YORK - Everybody thought it would be Roy Jones Jr., the former heavyweight champion who struggled so mightily when he later shed those pounds, having trouble making weight for his fight tonight against Felix Trinidad.
Turns out it was the other way around.
Despite never fighting at more than 160 pounds, the Puerto Rican hero stepped on the scale yesterday at Madison Square Garden and appeared to be two-10ths over the catch weight of 170 - briefly causing a panic among his entourage, and inspiring the ebullient Jones to leap from his chair and grab the microphone.
"I don't care about that," Jones shouted into the decidedly pro-Trinidad crowd that jeered him mercilessly. "He can have the two-10ths of a pound. I just want my gloves and let's go."
Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs) eventually did make weight, right on the number, after officials scooted the scale to a slightly more level part of the stage. Jones (51-4, 38 KOs) weighed in a half-pound light, flexing for a moment and wearing a broad smile before stepping from the scale.
It's the lightest the former eight-time world champion has fought at since knocking out Bryant Brannon in 1996.
The fighters have been exceedingly cordial in the buildup to the fight, often complimenting each other before demurely promising victory.
When promoter Don King brought the fighters to the center of the stage, posing face-to-face for the cameras, Trinidad mockingly brought a fist within inches of Jones's chin, promising to knock out the former pound-for-pound king in two rounds.
Jones, echoing the same assurance he's made all week, slashed his hand across his throat and promised the Latino star he would go down by the fourth.