The 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) weighed 167.8 pounds and the 28-year-old Rodríguez (24-0, 16 KOs) went 170.0.
Rodríguez, who is challenging Ward for The Ring and WBA super middleweight belts, was two pounds overweight and will be provided two hours to make the mandatory limit.
“That’s absolute neglect,” said trainer Virgil Hunter. “This is what happens when you give a guy (Rodríguez) more money than he deserves. He’s trying to make a mockery of the fight.”
If unable to shed weight, the scrap will still occur and Rodríguez can expect to be fined for making “a mockery of the fight.”
“La Bomba” last vacated the squared circle in July after finishing Russian Denis Grachev in the first round.
Conversely, Ward hasn’t fought since earning a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson in September 2012.
The sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder got injured two months after the Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) tussle while preparing to battle retired titleholder Kelly Pavlik.
Ward, a gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, underwent the knife on January 4 to fix a small tear in his right shoulder capsule.
Shelved for an extended period of time, Ward’s a brilliant tactician who hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
Meanwhile, although undefeated, Rodríguez is far too reckless and clumsy to overcome an elite talent like the “Son of God.”
Quickly adapting and readjusting, Andre Ward will “make a mockery of” Edwin Rodríguez within eight rounds roughly 24 hours from now.by