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Mayweather still the betting favorite, but odds decreasing

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With their highly anticipated fight less than three weeks away, Floyd Mayweather remains a strong 2-to-1 favorite to defeat Manny Pacquiao in boxing betting at the online sportsbooks.

The hype surrounding Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has of course been staggering, with every aspect of the two fighters’ preparations being dissected again and again. Recent headlines have also raised concerns about contractual issues surrounding the fight, involving the availability and allocation of tickets and hotel rooms between the two camps, not to mention the lighter-side stories of how former Mayweather associate 50 Cent will be betting on fight night.

But while promoters and management battle over details, boxing fans remain focused on the fighters, with constant debate swirling as to who will come out on top when the two champions meet in the ring.

Accordingly, a variety of props bets on the big fight are available for wagering at the online sportsbooks.

Scheduled to go 12 rounds, oddsmakers have set the betting line on the length of the battle between “Money” Mayweather and “Pac-Man” Pacquiao at 11.5, with the over sporting moneyline odds of 4/13, while the under sits at 43/20. A bet that the fight goes the distance carries odds of 1/3, while wagering on the fight to end prior to a full 12 rounds sits at 23/10.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao props bets on the specifics of the fight outcome clearly favor Mayweather. A Mayweather win by KO, TKO or disqualification carries odds of 11/2, while the odds of a victory by decision or technical decision are pegged at 5/7.

Conversely, a Pacquiao victory by KO, TKO, disqualification, decision, or technical decision pays out at a long 4/1. While few boxing fans want to see the showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather end in a draw or technical draw, such a result would pay off handsomely at 16/1.

Betting on the specific round in which the fight will end is also available. Predicting the round that Mayweather ends Pac-Man’s night pays out at 40/1, with the exception of the ninth round, which offers a payday of 33/1.

Interestingly, betting on Pacquiao to stop Money in any of the 5th-10th rounds is set at a shorter 33/1, while betting on a Pac-Man win in any other round sits at 40/1.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is not the only title fight on the card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, May 2, although the undercard has been largely derided. Vasyl Lomachenko will put his WBO Featherweight title on the line that night as a heavy 1/25 betting favorite when he steps into the ring to take on mandatory challenger Gamalier “Gammy” Rodriguez.

Lomchenko claimed the title last June in just his 3rd professional fight, and successfully defended his belt last November by unanimous decision over Thailand’s Chonlatam Piriyapinyo despite fighting with just one hand after suffering an injury midway through the bout.

Rodriguez gets his title shot after winning 17 consecutive fights. However, the 28 year-old nativ eof Puerto Rico, who owns a professional record of 25-2-3 (17 Kos) sports distant 10/1 odds of dethroning the champion in betting at the online sportsbooks.