The bell rings in less than one week for the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Wow...less than one week, I personally cannot wait!
The HBO series 24/7 has been doing an incredible job of promoting the fight and giving us an inside look at the fighters, their camps, and those who surround them on a daily basis as they get ready for the biggest fights of their lives.
The fight takes place this Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand, here in Las Vegas for Mosley's WBA Championship belt. The fight is dubbed, "Who R U Picking?"
I'm personally not a big fan of the fights moniker but it does have realistic significance. Many boxing experts and fans believe this fight is a coin flip although Las Vegas disagrees.
Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO) is a guaranteed Hall of Famer and at 38 years of age, he can still beat and knock out the best.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KO) is still undefeated and on the top of his game. A potential win over Shane Mosley will only add more credibility to him being the best welterweight in the world and in his eyes...the greatest boxer ever.
Las Vegas is known for its bright lights, entertainment, gambling and to me, it's known as home. But most people come to Las Vegas to party and have fun but if it's sports related, people come in hopes to make some extra cash. Vegas' tourism usually has very high numbers during big sporting events such as Super Bowl weekend, March Madness, and big fight weekends like this one.
Now with the fight only a few days away, Las Vegas has Floyd Mayweather being a pretty big favorite to win the fight. The odds are as follows...
So, for those of you who dont know much about how those odds work, I'll explain.
If you bet on Mayweather, you'll need to bet at least $4 to win $1. So, if you bet $40 on Mayweather, you'll win $10—plus your money back of course.
But if you were to bet on the underdog Mosley, you'd win a lot more money (assuming Mosley wins of course). If you bet $100 on Mosley you'd win $330 plus your $100 back. So, the risk could definitely be worth the reward.
Now, Vegas isn't always right, as you know. Vegas had the New York Giants being a 14-point underdog to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLI. Vegas lost a lot of money that weekend. Las Vegas casinos also had Mike Tyson being a 42-1 favorite over Buster Douglas. Can you imagine if you would have bet $100 dollars on Douglas in 1990!? Geez.
Vegas also had Kelly Pavlik as a slight favorite over Sergio Martinez.
That isn't a huge disparity...but nonetheless, they had Pavlik as the favorite.
Odds are already out on the potential super fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. If the fight happens this year, Las Vegas currently has Mayweather being a slight favorite.
Now, I'm sure those odds would change once the fight is made official, if it ever happens. But those are the odds you would get if you were to bet on the fight right now.
Anyways, let's get back to the reality, which is Mayweather vs Mosley.
So, Bleacher Report Community...I ask the question: Who are you picking?
My money is on Mayweather...no pun intended.