Bookmakers Offering an Array of Props for Mayweather Jr …


    The highly anticipated “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is just five days away. The two will meet on May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

    Bookmakers sense a big opportunity with the upcoming bout as bettors are eager to bet on the bout and bookmakers have obliged by offering a number of props that will help make the overall betting handle much bigger.

    Props that are not typically seen are now being offered by sportsbooks online and in Las Vegas. The new props have started to attract attention at many of the sites and in casinos.

    The traditional way most bet on boxing is the moneyline or the over/under with regard to how many rounds the fight will go. For this bout however, the books have gone outside the box to offer a number of different options.

    Bettors can choose from knockdown props, the number of rounds each fighter will win and the over/under on the scorecards of the judges.

    One casino is even offering an OVER of 4.5 rounds as well as the conventional one of 11.5 rounds. However, the OVER on that is -800 meaning you need to bet $800 to win $100.

    Another drawing a great deal of action is based on a yes/no. The prop is will there be a knockdown in the fight. The No opened as the favorite at -180. The Yes has attracted interest.

    Bettors can also place a bet on whether both the fighters will be knocked to the canvas. The No opened at -2500 and is now at -2000, while the Yes opened at +1600 and is down to +1300.

    At the MGM Grand where the fight will be held, the total for the judge’s scorecards opened at Mayweather 346.5 and Pacquiao 336.5, with the 10-point must system in boxing, the maximum points one fighter can have after 12 rounds is 360.

    There have been a large number of small tickets on the props with betting ranging from $10 to $50. There have been some over $100 and a handful over $1000.

    Some smaller bettors get tempted to go for a home run with a long shot prop such as selecting the round that a knockout will take place. However, those types of bets have very little value.

    The props for exact round are not that good of an idea. They look attractive to the eye with 50 to 1 on a knockout in round 10, but they have very little value. However, betting on the fight’s outcome has its value and the odds might by lower, but the value is there.


    Mayweather Jr. vs Pacquiao Will Be Biggest Boxing Handle …


    The highly anticipated fight featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is just nine days away. The two will meet on May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand for what many are calling the fight of the century.

    Odds makers are preparing to set boxing betting history on this fight as between $60 million and $80 million is expected to be wagered just in the state of Nevada. Add to that all the offshore sites that will be taking bets and the total handle could be well over $100 million.

    In Vegas the bout will be the biggest non-football betting event ever seen says a number of bookmakers on the strip.

    Even though the fight is still nine days away, some accounts show that it already has drawn more action than any previous match has in the history of Las Vegas.

    In order to put the huge $80 million possible handle into perspective, this past February’s Super Bowl had a handle of $115 million and the 2014 Super Bowl set the record with a handle of $119 million.

    However, the handle for the Super Bowl is a bit skewed since all the futures money that is bet on the game throughout the entire season is included.

    MGM Resorts, which is hosting the fight in its Garden Arena at the MGM Grand, operates 10 sports books on the strip in Vegas and as much as 50% of the entire volume for Vegas is expected to be placed with them.

    While the exact figures will never be known since the gaming commission in Nevada does not release that date for boxing matches, it is safe to say Vegas sportsbooks are expecting to have a huge handle on Saturday May 2, which is coincidently the same day of the running of the Kentucky Derby.

    Even though the event still has not reached the point of being the biggest ever betting handle that is non-football, it certainly will reach that point before the opening bell on May 2. Bookmakers have said they are expecting a dozen or so of six figure bets and likely a couple of bets that are in the seven figures for this fight. Sportsbooks are also expecting to take a large number of bets between $10,000 and $50,000 on the bout.

    Last week one of the books took the largest bet to date on the fight for Pacquiao and moved Mayweather’s favorite odds to -170.

    Mayweather’s odds dropped this week, which brought about heavy action on him. Most of the early money was on Pacquiao but the past week the vast majority has been all on Mayweather.

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    WBC Welterweight Championship Preview: Mayweather Jr. vs. …


    On September 17th from Las Vegas, Nevada, an outstanding 12-round battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s) and Welterweight title-holder Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) is set within the MGM Grand, with many boxing analysts and pundits touting this match-up as the year’s biggest boxing event to watch.
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes his return to the ring after a 16-month hiatus, and no one is doubting that the 5-division World Champion will be in the usual excellent shape he’s known for in order to take on Ortiz, 10 years his junior. While many are calling this fight simply preparation for the eventual rescheduling of Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao (likely to occur sometime in the middle of 2012), there is no doubt that Mayweather will put his best foot forward with a title shot on the line and all the boxing world eyes on what will be one of the biggest, most-watched fights of the year on HBO.
    Meanwhile, the left-handed Victor Ortiz will seek to defend his WBC Welterweight title in the biggest match-up of his career, and try to silence both the critics as well as the bookmakers that have him currently sitting at a +450 underdog at Bodog Sportsbook (read the review of Bodog Sportsbook). However, Ortiz will have the mind and backing of Oscar De La Hoya, who no one doubts would like to see Mayweather fall to a Mexican on the 17th. If Ortiz can stand toe-to-toe with Mayweather into the later rounds, and catch him off guard with a well-placed left hook, many of you looking to cash in big on a huge underdog bet could be in for a big pay day…just don’t expect us to follow your lead into that bet.
    Though it’s been said that Mayweather doesn’t enjoy facing southpaws, hasn’t been in the ring for almost 2 years, and will give up at least a few pounds to the Mexican-American Ortiz, Mayweather holds the advantage with faster feet and faster jabs and looks to be the favorite should this bout go the distance. I like Ortiz as a scrappy young fighter in the September 17th bout at the MGM Grand, but knowing the abilities of Floyd Mayweather Jr., and his propensity to be in great fighting shape regardless of the match-up, his skill set simply seems too strong for the 24 year old Ortiz to overcome.
    Take note also in this bout that Bodog Sportsbook pins -140 odds on the fight going over 11 1/2 rounds, so for a 12 round fight there’s a very good chance we’ll see this come down to a final decision rather than someone kissing canvas. With such poor odds taking Mayweather to win this match-up, the -140 odds to go the distance start to look pretty good for online sports betting folks, especially when considering that Floyd Mayweather hasn’t touched the canvas in a decade, and Ortiz stood strong in his only TKO loss to Marcos Maidana in 2009. With two tough, powerful fighters in the ring it’s imaginable that one or even both of them will go down, but the odds of them staying down are extremely low with so much on the line. At any rate and no matter who you choose to win this fight, expect the WBC Welterweight Title bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz to be one of the top-rated, most-watched boxing matches of 2011. There’s little doubt that the online sports betting on this match-up will be one of the best opportunities for wagering on boxing this year, so check out the betting lines soon, put your money on your pick to win, and find out why betting on boxing can be one of the biggest thrills for sports fans today.


    Boxing Preview: Vitali Klitschko vs. Tomasz Adamek set …


    September 10th, 2011 will be an exciting day in the world of Professional Boxing, as Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO’s), the #1 ranked World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, faces Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO’s) in a Polish showdown from Wroclaw Stadium with the winner walking away with the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

    While this fight certainly sounds like a strong match-up when viewing records, and taking into consideration that the challenger Adamek is fighting in his home country of Poland behind what will be a staunchly pro-Adamek audience, the more detailed tale of the tape tells a much different story, and one that doesn’t bode well for the Góral (Granite Chin).

    Tomasz Adamek comes into the fight giving up almost 8 inches in height to Klitschko (6’2″ vs. 6’8″), and 30 pounds in weight, but perhaps most importantly comes in 5 inches shy in the reach category (80 inches for Klitschko vs. 75 for Adamek). Though Adamek comes off a unanimous decision win over the 6’6″, 285-pound Kevin McBride, the much faster and harder punching Klitschko could spell problems when Tomasz Adamek tries to come into the midsection to make his punches count. One big right hand connection from Vitali Klitschko could see this fight end early, so it’s essential that if Adamek is to overcome in this match-up, he’ll need to stay nimble and be prepared to withstand some crushing blows (which thankfully he’s known for). Not surprisingly however, most boxing writers and analysts give Adamek little chance at taking the crown away at home, coming in as a +400 underdog at Bodog Sportsbook. However, don’t expect to see Adamek roll over in this one, as his drive to capture a title at home is strong, his 6-0 record since moving up into the heavyweight division is no joke for a guy his size, and his strategy for using speed and stamina could pay off in later rounds…the only question being if he will make it that long.

    Vitali Klitschko on the other hand certainly earns respect as far as online sports betting goes, commanding an early -600 odds to win at Bodog Sportsbook. In what could potentially be his last bout as a professional boxer, seeing the larger, more exciting brother of the Klitschko family in the ring for the last time is something that shouldn’t be missed, and there really isn’t any question that even at 40 years old Klitschko can stand toe-to-toe with any man in the heavyweight division. In fact his likely decision to retire has more to do with a lack of talent in his weight class, as if anything he’s gotten better as the years roll on, having never been knocked down in his career and has never been behind in a fight (his only loss coming in 2003 to Lennox Lewis, due to a nasty cut in a bout he was leading).

    In the conclusion of the WBC Heavyweight bout scheduled for September, 10th, we fully expect to see Vitali Klitschko close out what has been an exciting career with a victory on the Polish fighter’s home turf. Though Adamek is sticking to a philosophy that speed and stamina can prevail against the larger, harder-hitting Ukrainian, the one problem with that thinking is to discount the abilities and stamina Klitschko himself possesses. If there is one fighter who has been consistently in top-form before every match, it is Klitschko, and while Adamek may be called the one with the granite chin, expect Klitschko’s to be just as sturdy, but further out of reach. Before the boxing great Vitali Klitschko moves onward in life behind his Ph.D and political leadership of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Party, get set for a great competition featuring his brawn, not brains, to deliver a final win to cap a storied career in professional boxing.