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It’s hard to believe it’s true, but the fight boxing fans have been itching for over the better part of a decade is right around the corner, and for avid sports bettors, it may as well be a national holiday.
On Saturday, May 2nd when the fight gets underway at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it’s estimated that some $70 million dollars will change hands at the gate and countless more will be garnered through pay-per-view investments from bloodthirsty viewers (around $90 per household for HD). These will be the only ways boxing fans and bettors alike can follow the action as this as experts project this to be the most profitable boxing event in sports history, even adjusting for inflation.
Of course, multiple online sportsbooks are wasting no time getting in on the action as well. Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KO) is the favorite to win in all formats, most bookmakers report that most bettors placed bets on Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO) to win. Interestingly enough, although more bettors chose Pacquiao, bettors wagered more money on Mayweather to win. In any case, this should mean that a lot of money will change hands early May 3rd.
Those interested in placing a wager online may be surprised to learn that there is actually some fluidity to the Mayweather Pacquiao betting lines depending on which website is consulted. While at this stage of the game most events like this will have odds locked in across the board, there are small discrepancies in some of the most popular boxing betting sites. While all have Mayweather as the heavy favorite, Bovada’s online sportsbook favor Floyd with a moneyline of -225 whereas other popular online sportsbooks like SportsBetting.ag have him slightly less favored at -215. This still paints a picture of Mayweather as a heavy favorite, as any winning bets on the fighter for a straight up victory will pay out less than half of what the bettor wagered.
Still, considering Mayweather’s history, it’s no surprise that many consider him the safer bet.
Even as the fighter approaches 40, he has yet to lose a fight and still appears in peak physical form. Many analysts credit his “dancing” style as the root cause of Mayweather’s ageless career as the fighter often treats boxing as more an art form than a form of fighting.
In the other corner, Pacquiao’s career is in a bit of a skid. Although he is two years younger than Mayweather, his more aggressive fighting style has walked his body into more severe beatings. When Pacquiao was at his peak and decimating fighters like Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton, he looked nearly invincible. That was a long time ago in boxing years however, and he has since suffered one controversial defeat that came to decision (that he later avenged), and one knockout at the hands of longtime rival Juan Manuel Marquez. After a hiatus from boxing, “Pacman” re-emerged looking strong again, but critics wonder if his small frame and aggressive skill set can really open up Floyd’s conservative, dodge-first approach to boxing.
For fight fans on the fence about the winner of the fight, or for those who simply want to max out their profits, many other bets are available to place before the fighters tap gloves. While the overwhelming majority opinion is that the fight will go to decision, bettors can wager on the fight ending in any round. Don’t expect a great payout on a bet for the fight to go the distance, but a winning bet on a knockout as early as round 2 carries odds as extreme as 14/1. A $10 bet on this outcome would win a whopping $140.
As expected in what many are calling the “Super Bowl of Boxing,” there are practically countless boxing props to wager on. Every possible outcome of the fight (winning fighter, how they win and what round) has a betting line. Sportsbooks are also hosting betting lines on what the scorecards will read, what percentage of punches will land, and even how many knockdowns there will be in the bout.
Boxing has not seen an event this big in several decades, and with no real stars boxing today, it could be a very long time before it happens again. While these online sportsbooks are raking in money for bets placed on the fight, Vegas just has to be hoping it moves the cultural needle. The only event in the next decade that could match the fever of Mayweather v. Pacquiao would be Mayweather v. Pacquiao II.
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