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Mayweather Vs Pacquiao: Floyd Still Favored to win, Fight Favored to go the Distance


The long-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is now just 5 days away and the money is flowing like water for bets on the big fight. As has been the case since the fight was announced, Mayweather is still favored, according to Vegas, with major sports books putting him at anywhere from -215 to -300. Even though he is favored, Floyd is much less favored in this fight than he has been in almost his entire pro career. He was a -800 favorite in last September’s rematch against Marcos Maidana, and was a -1000 favorite in their first meeting.

Manny opened as the underdog at +225 and is now sitting between +175 and +220. This is the first time that Manny will go into a fight as the underdog since his 2008 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, which Pacquiao won handily.

The fight is also expected to go the distance with -300 odds for and +230 against. That is hardly surprising, since Mayweather has never been known as a knockout fighter, even in his prime and has gone the distance in all but 2 of his fights in the past 10 years, against Ricky Hatton in 2007, and the infamous “sucker punch” finish against Victor Ortiz in 2011. While Manny has been much more known for his power over his career, he is without a knockout since 2009.

As with all major sporting events, there will be very little in this fight that you won’t be able to bet on. Who will throw the first punch? Which hand will it be with? The amount of knockdowns, what color will the fighters trunks be and many more prop bets are up.

[via SB Nation]

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