WBN Preview: Smart ‘Money’ on Mayweather
The bookies are continuing to back boxing’s main man Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the pound for pound king heads towards another bruising battle with his latest foe Marcos Maidana.
Ahead of their first meeting back in May, Mayweather was a 1/10 favourite to retain his WBC welterweight title and pick up Maidana’s WBA version, and this time around there is only a slight change with the oddsmakers.
Mayweather hurtles towards fight time at fractions of 1/8 with most UK betting experts, which is reflected across the Atlantic with odds of –800 in favour of the current two-weight world title holder. Maidana’s price of 5/1 against may look attractive to some optimists, but the smart money would certainly be on Mayweather repeating his points victory in the spring at a handsome 4/9 on.
It’s obvious that Maidana’s rough and ready tactics won’t be quite enough to put a first dent in Mayweather’s supreme record, as a stoppage is widely thought to be the route to victory for the rugged Argentinian – and is even wider at 7/1. A long-awaited knockout for Mayweather is currently 7/2, with the fight to end inside schedule at 5/2. Maidana winning on points is the longest price besides a draw at 11/1 as gaining a decision in the champions backyard seems an impossible task for the challenger.
Suffering back-to-back losses won’t affect Maidana’s career too much if the worse does transpire for the South American tonight and the ‘Chino’ household bank balance will certainly be looking a lot healthier.
On the other hand, fans should expect a better performance this time around from Mayweather as another majority decision looks unlikely should the world’s best hone his first fight strategy to make things a lot easier for himself.
A change of referee with Kenny Bayless coming in for Tony Weeks could see Maidana’s less-than gentlemanly conduct at time being squashed from the off by the new man in the middle, which would open the door for a more convincing win for the 37 year-old star of the sport.
Somewhere around the eight round to four mark is where my money would go as Mayweather improves his record to 47-0 and head into his final year as a professional.
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