UNDEFEATED American Floyd Mayweather Jr. got an overall 2.5-to-1 edge over Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao in most betting stations in Las Vegas even though there is no confirmation yet if the mega bout between the two boxers will push through.
Popular betting stations Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Wynn Las Vegas Race and Sports Book and William Hill US have already opened their respective betting prices for the mega bout after learning that Pacquiao agreed to the terms of the fight with Mayweather.
Westgate declared Mayweather (47-0 win-loss record with 26 knockouts) as favorite with -275 while Pacquiao (57-5-2 record with 38 knockouts) got a +235 as underdog. For the Wynn price, Mayweather is ahead at -260 while Pacquiao is at +220.
It’s the same with William Hill with Pacquiao, 36, as an underdog at +210 and the 37-year-old Mayweather as favorite at -250.
Local boxing promoters Dennis Cañete, the vice-president of ALA Promotions, and Sammy Gello-ani said that they are not surprised that the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Mayweather emerged the betting lines’ favorite fighter.
“Mayweather, of course, is the most favorite in most betting lines because he is undefeated and that’s very natural. It is up to Pacquiao to step in the plate and prove those bettors wrong,” Cañete told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
“For my part, I really love to see Pacquiao beat Mayweather.”
In other betting stations in Las Vegas, Mayweather is a -300 favorite while Pacquiao is a +250 underdog.
It means that a winning bet on Mayweather’s $300 would only win $100, while a $100 winning bet on the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Pacquiao would take $250 in return. If the bout won’t materialize by the end of May 31, 2015, all bets will be refunded.
“To tell you honestly, Mayweather is really competitive, wise and very technical in his boxing approach that’s why most people will most likely put their money on him. Pacquiao should train very hard for this fight and prove himself as a true pay-per-view elite fighter,” said Gello-ani.
Pacquiao left Manila on Wednesday for Los Angeles, California to meet Top Rank chief Bob Arum to discuss the ongoing negotiation on the mega bout.
Pacquiao will meet Prince Harry in London on the 22nd before returning to Miami, Florida to judge in the Miss Universe Pageant Night on the 25th.