Best Bets to Make on Floyd Mayweather Against Canelo Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather is set to enter the ring on Saturday night to take on Saul Alvarez in a fight being billed as "The One." It promises to be an exciting bout between the defending champion and the top young contender in the sport today.
Perhaps the only way for both boxing aficionados and casual observers alike to get more enjoyment out of the match is to place a wager on the action. Whether you decide to bet big at the sportsbooks or just gamble among friends, you definitely want to come out a winner.
Let's take a look at the lines and dole out some advice on how to bet this thrilling affair.
*Betting lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather (-280) over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
As per usual, Mayweather is a huge favorite to defend his crown and remain undefeated. He's 44-0-0 with 26 knockouts and should be able to push that record to 45-0-0 by the end of the night.
The 36-year-old may be in the twilight of his esteemed career, but that doesn't mean he's getting any less respect from the betting public. He's one of the best pound-for-pound fighters the world has ever seen and will continue to be perceived that way until he falls.
As nice as the payout—Canelo is a 220-point underdog—would be if his Mexican opponent were to come away with the unlikely win, it's just not going to happen.
Who will win?
Money last stepped into the squared circle in May of this year, defeating Robert Guerrero in a unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
The champ was in complete control of the fight and was able to use his counterpunching ability plus knack for timing to utterly destroy his opponent after a tough initial few rounds.
Alvarez is also undefeated (with one draw), but the level of competition the 23-year-old has faced on his way to the top has not prepared him for Mayweather. Don't be surprised if the challenger is caught off guard and gets counterpunched into submission.
Over 11.5 Rounds (-350)
The smart money is on the over in this fight.
Mayweather is an absolute master of orchestrating the match to go in his favor, and that often means it will go the distance.
Money hasn't knocked out an opponent since he crushed Victor Ortiz with a controversial left hook in June 2011. Ortiz was clearly not prepared for the punch and went down hard to the mat.
Not counting that sucker punch, you would have to go back to December 2007 when Mayweather absolutely obliterated Ricky Hatton with a flurry of punches in the 10th round—causing The Hitman's corner to throw in the towel at the same time the ref ended the fight.
Six years is a long time in the boxing world, and Mayweather no longer has the same power as he did when he was younger. He's lost a step here and there, but he's gotten smarter and knows that the best way to remain undefeated is to simply wait for his chances and capitalize.
That style of fight will win with the judges and almost guarantees that this goes to the distance. Definitely take the over, even with the under looking enticing (+230).
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