It’s the super fight that everyone has been wanting for years as we see the two pound for pound best boxers finally go head to head to prove to themselves, the world and the history books who is the best fighter, perhaps of all time.
Yes, a month away from today we’ll see Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand and the eyes of the world will turn to Las Vegas as these two modern day gladiators take to the ring with each other. The question is, will it be Floyd “Money” Mayweather that continues his winning streak of 47 fights or can Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao the only ever eight division world champion be the first man to stop the WBA, WBC and The Ring Welterweight as well as WBA Super-Welterweight champion with the WBO Welterweight title on the line?
In checking the Mayweather v Pacquiao outright odds with Betfair.com it appears that the bookmakers do not believe so as they make the unbeaten champion the big favourite to win the match. Mayweather is currently the 1.44 favourite to go 48-0 in Vegas on May 2nd, while Pacquiao can be backed at odds of 2.75 to take the WBO title away. The draw is available 21.00.
However, having spoken with Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook they report that this is not as foregone a conclusion as these odds would have you believe. Since they opened their book on this Money vs Pac-Man Superfight they report that the money has been going towards the Filipino challenger. They report that Mayweather opened at -275 (1.36) before moving out to the current price of -210 (1.44), whereas Pacquiao has gone from +235 (3.35) down to his price of +175 (2.75).
Does this mean that Pacquiao is sure to win this fight? Not at all, but clearly punters feel that if anyone is ever going to beat the holder of five different belts it will be the 64 fight veteran. After all Pacquiao is two years younger than this opponent and the price offered certainly offers plenty of value on the outsider. As well as the punters taking a chance on him the world’s most famous boxer, none other than Muhammad Ali, has come out in favour of the Filipino politician and charity worker. Can Pacquiao live up to this massive support and backing to upset the odds?
Back in Vegas at the Westgate they do not see it happening, but they certainly see the fight going the distance as they make +11.5 rounds in the fight -330 (1.30) down from -300 (1.33) and the fight to have 11 or fewer rounds available at +270 (3.70) up from +250 (3.50).
They offer plenty of value on a number of other markets for the fight too, with these listed as follows:
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. to win by KO, TKO or disqualification: +550 (6.50) from +600 (7.00)
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. to win by decision: -140 (1.71) from -175 (1.57)
- Manny Pacquiao to win by KO, TKO or disqualification: +550 (6.50) from +600 (7.00)
- Manny Pacquiao to win by decision: +350 (4.50) from +450 (5.50)
Despite the fact that the money has gone on the fight to go the distance the money has also gone against Mayweather winning this fight after the bell as gone on round 12. Just as many expect the betting markets, like the fight, are far from clear as to which way it’ll end.
No matter if you think Muhammad Ali is right and the outsider will have Mayweather on the losing side of a result for the first time in his career or not, there is plenty of value to be had on this long awaited clash of these two giants of the sport.
We’re going the way of Mayweather to take the fight on a decision at odds of 1.71 and if you’re in Vegas we suggest stopping at the Westgate to get on this decision at -140 too!