While the timing may not be ideal, boxing fans around the world will be treated to a fight that has been years (too many) in the making. Yes, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will finally meet in the ring on Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, unifying the WBA Super Welterwight, WBC Welterweight and The Ring Welterweight titles. The fight odds makers at Bovada.lv like Mayweather in the much anticipated 12 Round showdown with Pacquiao, making him a -200 money line favorite. Pacquiao is drawing +160 odds in a rare underdog role.
Certainly fans would have loved for this megafight to have taken place about five years ago, but better late than never applies here. Both fighters are still in fine form, Mayweather owning a perfect 47-0 record to Pacquiao’s 57-5 mark and they each stepped in the ring two times last year.
Pacquiao, for one, feels his upcoming clash with Mayweather will carry the same entertainment value, even with the pair entering the twilight of their respective careers.
“It’ll be as good of a fight as it would’ve been five years ago,” Pacquiao said. “The same. Both of us are still at the top.”
However, there is no doubt some of the shine from the fight was removed when Pacquiao suffered back-to-back losses in 2012. Pac-Man lost his WBO Welterwight title in a split decision loss to American Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 and he subsequently absorbed the third KO loss of his career against Juan Manuel Marquez (December 2012).
Since falling to Marquez, though, Pacquiao has reeled off three straight wins, taking the vacant WBO International Welterweight title against Brandon Rios, regaining the WBO Welterweight belt with a win over Bradley and retaining his WBO Welterweight belt by unanimous decision over Chris Algieri.
Mayweather, who has not fought outside Las Vegas since 2005, scored wins No. 46 and No. 47 against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana. The first meeting between the pair came in May of 2014; Mayweather grabbed a medical decision win to retain his WBC and The Ring Welterweight straps while securing the WBA Super Welterweight title.
Mayweather last faced Maidana at the MGM Grand on September 13. A unanimous decision victory saw him hang onto the three aforementioned belts as well as the WBC Light Middleweight belt.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather can be seen live on both HBO and Showtime as part of a joint pay-per-view venture between the two premium networks.
Manny Pacquiao +160 (Moneyline), Over 11.5 Rounds -325
Floyd Mayweather -200 (Moneyline), Under 11.5 Rounds +215
Pacquiao vs Mayweather Prop Bets – Will the fight go the distance?
Pacquiao vs Mayweather Fight Outcome –
Mayweather wins by KO, TKO or Disqualification +500
Mayweather wins by Decision or Technical Decision -130
Pacquiao wins by KO, TKO or Disqualification +400
Pacquiao wins by Decision or Technical Decision +400
Draw or Technical Draw +1600
Pacquiao vs Mayweather Round Betting –
Mayweather to win Round 1 50/1
Mayweather to win Round 2 50/1
Mayweather to win Round 3 50/1
Mayweather to win Round 4 40/1
Mayweather to win Round 5 40/1
Mayweather to win Round 6 40/1
Mayweather to win Round 7 33/1
Mayweather to win Round 8 33/1
Mayweather to win Round 9 33/1
Mayweather to win Round 10 33/1
Mayweather to win Round 11 40/1
Mayweather to win Round 12 40/1
Pacquiao to win Round 1 50/1
Pacquiao to win Round 2 40/1
Pacquiao to win Round 3 40/1
Pacquiao to win Round 4 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 5 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 6 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 7 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 8 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 9 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 10 33/1
Pacquiao to win Round 11 40/1
Pacquiao to win Round 12 40/1