The Super Bowl of boxing takes place May 2 in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Not only are hardcore and casual boxing fans chomping at the bit for both pugilists to enter the ring, sportsbooks both in Las Vegas and throughout the internet are as well.
Sportsbooks are expecting to write over $85 million in Sin City, and this amount is a mere fraction to the worldwide handle delivered by Mayweather and Pacquiao when considering the more than 200 active online sportsbooks and the land based betting shops sprinkled throughout the globe.
The significance of this fight demonstrates for all of North America just how huge and prevalent gambling is in other parts of the world; even before Las Vegas sportsbooks caught up to the online markets spread by various bookmakers, there were prop bets on everything under the sun from the performance of both fighters inside the squared circle to the celebrities escorting them into the ring.
With so many options for betting Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, where do you get started? Browsing the internet we came across a site called SportsbookReview.com (SBR), which functions as an online betting industry watchdog and as a resource for players looking to find free odds and prop bets.
Per the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao prop bets list at SBR, the line is at 3.15 million total Pay Per View buys for the super-fight, with the over priced at -250 and under +170. This means if the total PPV buys exceed 3.15 million, a $250 wager returns $100, and if it goes under $100 gets you $170.
Another interesting prop bet: Will either fighter win inside the distance? This means any stoppage such as KO, TKO, disqualification, or technical decision, and the market pays 7 times your money on Mayweather and 6 times on Pacquiao. The reason the payoff is greater on the favorite Mayweather winning inside the distance is that he is believed to be most likely to win a decision – if the fight goes all 12 rounds. Pacquiao, on the other hand, is known as an aggressive come-forward power puncher who is an inferior defender and boxer, which supports an early stoppage.
There are prop bets on Mayweather or Pacquiao being knocked down once and coming back to win the fight, the total number of punches landed by either fighter, the total number of knockdowns, the list goes on.
Judges Dave Moretti, Glenn Feldman, and Burt Clements are the three judges scoring the fight and boxing fans can wager on a handicap of how many rounds each fighter wins by. Right now, the line on Mayweather is to win by 6.5 rounds across all three judges scoreboards, which requires $110 for a profit of $100. For Pacquiao, this market is +6.5 rounds with a $115 bet winning $100.
An online sportsbook listed on SBR’s prop bet list will pay out 1.4 times your bet if Justin Bieber enters the ring at all during the bout; whenever Justin Bieber is mentioned in a boxing article, it’s a good time to end the article.
If you’ll be betting the fight, check out the best boxing bets on offer and let us know what you think of the Sportsbook Review prop bets list for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.