The biggest question entering the Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. weigh-ins was whether or not Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would make the stipulated 164.5 pound weight limit. Chavez made the weight with ease and never showed an ounce of doubt on his face.
The true surprise were the fans in attendance.
Canelo Alvarez is the unofficial king of boxing pay-per-view with Floyd Mayweather semi-retired, so it was extremely surprising to hear the fans boo Canelo when his face was shown on the screens during the undercard weigh-ins.
Maybe it was an anomaly? Maybe the Canelo fans were late arriving?
That theory was quickly disproved when it was time for the main event fighters to hit the scales. A video montage featuring Chavez Jr. was shown first and the crowd erupted as it appeared. Sure, there were the occasional boos, but the cheers for Chavez Jr. drowned them out as the video went on.
That response is a testament to all of the years of hard work Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. put into his career. Arguably the most popular Mexican boxer of all-time, Chavez Sr. had just as many fans in attendance as either headlining boxer. The nostalgia of watching him speak before his son made his entrance into the arena was apparent and that energy transferred to his son.
For the first time in a very long time, Chavez Jr. seemed to understand the magnitude of a fight and embrace the responsibility he has to live up to his father's legacy. That brings us back to the weigh-ins and Canelo's entrance
Canelo's weigh-in and fight entrance usually features loud chants of "Ca-Nel-O, Ca-Nel-O!" from the crowd but those were nonexistent during these weigh-ins. In fact, his cheers barely matched those of Chavez Jr. and certainly didn't live up to the receptions he's received in the fights since his loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Both fighters ended up making the 164-pound weight limit but stepping on the scales was an afterthought for those in attendance and the announcement of the weights was drowned out by the still rowdy crowd.
Throughout his young career, Canelo has been billed as Mexico's next big hero, but old habits die hard, and the crowd seemed much more interested in watching Chavez Jr. finally live up to his potential.
It's to be expected that the fans will cheer both men tomorrow if they put on an exciting match, but today's split crowd speaks volumes to the star potential older Mexican boxers still have and Mexican fans' desire to build future legends.