It seems more and more likely that the rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao will take place, possibly some time next year. It’s probably fair to say that fight fans were a little underwhelmed with the news, yet it will surely generate a lot of buzz once the date is announced.
Indeed, both fighters have been accused of ‘milking it’ somewhat in terms of getting one last payday. Mayweather is estimated to walk away with $150 million from the last time the pair clashed, and nine-figure sum is being talked about again this time around. It’s almost scandalous.
However, the record of the two fighters down the years means that we are unlikely to give the fight a miss, just in case the bout throws up something special. Could it be a classic, or will it feel like another Mayweather exhibition fight?
Well, the bookmakers have called it quite close, certainly closer than the much-derided boxing match between Mayweather and Conor McGregor last year. We will discuss some of the markets below to get an idea of where the bookmakers think it will be won or lost. For the full breakdown, including betting promos, you can check out this Mayweather V Pacquiao 2 betting guide by Free Bets.
As you might imagine, Mayweather is the favourite, but it’s not as close as some might expect. The best odds you can on Mayweather site at 4/9 (Ladbrokes), whereas others have put him in at 4/11. For Pacquiao, BetStars come in at a price of 5/2, certainly not a bad price for the gutsy Filipino. Conspiracy theorists can back a draw at 25/1, although it’s not likely that a trilogy would be welcomed after a dodgy finish. Some of the stats are interesting, however, as nearly 20% of bets have been placed on the draw. Mayweather has taken around 52% of the early betting, with Pacquiao at 28%.
A Win by Stoppage
The way Mayweather fights, it feels like it is unlikely that this will end in a KO/TKO, so Betway have gone 4/1 for a Mayweather win by stoppage and the same odds for Pacquiao to win by stoppage. It’s worth remembering that before Mayweather’s fight against McGregor and Pacquiao’s win against Lucas Matthysse in July of this year, neither fighter had a KO/TKO win in nearly five years. The wisdom says that this goes to the judges.
A Decision Victory
If you believe that Mayweather is going to win, then the 4/5 (Betway) that he does it on points is probably the way to go. Despite his reputation as a brilliant promoter, Mayweather is not too keen on entertaining in the ring. He will be conservative, because that’s what will lead him to maintaining his perfect record. Pacquiao is a little more aggressive, but he might need to lure Mayweather in for a chance of victory. It’s 7/2 the Filipino legend wins on points, but that’s hard to see happening.
Fans would love to see a classic spectacle in the ring, but it’s not likely that they get it. The smart money is on Floyd Mayweather to do what Floyd Mayweather does best – fight efficiently and astutely, then walk away with a massive cheque and his brilliant record intact. If Pacquiao can somehow bring out the fire one last time, he will deserve every penny of his share.