Floyd Mayweather is the 1/2 favourite to maintain his unbeaten record when he goes toe-to-toe with Manny Pacquiao in what is being billed as the Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The huge money fight is set to smash box office and pay-per-view records as punters clamour to see the two men regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighters of their generation slug it out, even if, at the combined age of 74, they are each perhaps a couple of years beyond their prime.
At 38, Mayweather is by two years his opponent’s senior, but he has fought fewer times during the course of an illustrious career, which has seen him build up an unblemished record of 47 victories from 47 bouts including 26 by knock-out.
Pacquiao has been in the ring on no fewer than 64 occasions and has racked up 57 wins, with 38 of them coming by knock-out. He is the shorter of the two men and doesn’t have the reach of the number one ranked Mayweather, but nevertheless has a fearsome reputation and an ability to withstand almost anything. He is well known to British fight fans for his 2009 success against Ricky Hatton, which saw him become the first man in history to claim world titles in six different weight divisions.
If Pacquiao is to land General best odds of 15/8 he will have to make history once again and become the first man to overcome Mayweather. He is a best price of 11/2 (Sky Bet, BetVictor, Paddy Power, Coral) to do so by knock-out, with Mayweather a 7/1 chance with Bet365 and Betfred to win in that fashion. The bookmakers see the most likely outcome as a points decision in the American’s favour, which pays 8/11 with Ladbrokes and is as short as 4/7 elsewhere. Pacquiao is 5/1 with BetVictor to win by decision.
The fight is a short price to go the distance at no better than 1/3, with Betfred offering the best odds of 5/2 that it will be stopped inside 12 rounds. Sky Bet and William Hill are quoting 150/1 that Mayweather wins inside 60 seconds, with the former going 200s that Pacquiao achieves such a spectacular feat.
You can also bet on the total number of rounds as well as each fighter to win in a particular round, for example Mayweather to win in the 12th pays 66/1 with Ladbrokes, Betfred and Coral but just 40s with BetVictor or Stan James.
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