Boxing Odds – It’s Pacquiao vs Mayweather – About Time

  • Updated: May 1, 2015
  • It appears as if they have been negotiating this thing forever; Floyd Mayweather, the Olympic gold medalist who has never lost as a pro, rolling up a record of 47-0, has seemingly avoided a showdown with Manny Pacquiao, who has made his way all the way from the flyweight ranks to the welterweight division, where he stands right now. Pacquiao’s record is not unscathed; in fact, he’s got two losses in his last five fights, but there is no doubt that is all-action style has made him a fan favorite. However, he is an underdog in the boxing odds as he gets himself ready for this titanic battle that will occur at the MGM Grant Garden in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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    Boxing Odds – Pacquiao vs Mayweather:

    In the odds that have been posted on this fight by the people at Chinese Bookie, Mayweather is the favorite, and so is the figure on the fight going the distance:

    Floyd Mayweather -200
    Manny Pacquiao +170

    Over 11.5 Rounds -280
    Under 11.5 Rounds +240

    Obviously there have been a lot of critics, including Chinese Bookie customers, who say that this match should have taken place five years ago. After all, these two fighters have to be considered to be in the twilight of their careers. Mayweather is 38 years of age, while Pacquiao is 36. But there is very little doubt that they are both among the top pound for pound fighters in the world today. Of course, at 147 pounds, neither of these competitors packs a punch like he used to, but what that means is we may get more of a strategic fight than some had bargained for.

    Pacquiao comes into this bout with a record of 57-5-2 with 38 KO’s, but what many of his skeptics have very firmly on their minds is the sixth-round knockout loss he suffered at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012. Mayweather probably does not have the one-punch power of Marquez, but he did meet up with Marquez himself, back in 2009, and one about as easy a decision as one can imagine.

    There has been a lot of jawing back and forth between the two camps, and one of the most vocal people has been Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who is a seven-time trainer of the year. But will trainers really make the difference here? Mayweather is about as well-schooled a fighter as you are going to find. And there is almost no doubt that Pacquiao has never gone up against anyone so cagey. As recently as 2008, Pacquiao was fighting at 130 pounds – interestingly enough, in a fight against Marquez – and just 20 months later he was at 147. That’s a lot of weight to jump in such a short period of time.

    Consequently, you don’t see a lot of raw power out of Pacquiao these days. And those Chinese Bookie patrons who are analyzing the boxing odds have to take that into consideration, whether it is with regard to which fighter to wager on or whether the fight will go the distance or not. Pacquiao has not scored a win inside the distance since 2009, when he stopped Miguel Coto in 12 rounds. Granted, that was as a welterweight, but that was also at the age of 30.

    Mayweather’s defense allows him to avoid punishment without having to move all that much. But unorthodox styles have given him trouble. Last May, Marcos Maidana had him off-balance most of the time and unable to really maintained the distance he would like to between himself and him and an opponent. The result was that Maidana, a huge underdog in the boxing odds, actually got a draw on one of the three scorecards, as Mayweather scored a majority decision. But once he had seen Maidana’s style, and experienced it, Mayweather didn’t have any trouble at all the rematch, which took place just four months later. That was also his last outing.

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