03.12.04 - By Wray Edwards: As we walk down into the media viewing area for the weigh-ins at Mandalay Bay, there is a great hubbub in one corner. Stepping closer reveals the cause of all the excitement. It’s none other than “Manos de Piedra”. The venerable Roberto Duran (53) is holding court with his many admirers. He is enthusiastically waving those famous arms and bringing smiles to all with his endearing chat. Duran has been closely involved with the training camp of Joel Casamayor and is in Vegas to continue his support.
The festivities begin with a rousing introduction of the Main Event boxers by Jimmy Lennon Jr. WBC Lightweight World Champion Jose Louis Castillo and challenger Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime) take center stage to hit the scales amid loud applause, whistles and cat calls. Then the fun began. Both fighters were “one ounce” over weight. Frowns, arm-waving, confusion and huddles were followed by the bringing out of the towels. People scurry around to hold up towels so that the boxers can take off even their shorts to make weight.