In a surprising twist, Floyd Mayweather has gone against the wishes of his boxing fan poll (along with a supposed agreement) and chosen Marcos Maidana as his May 3rd opponent instead of Amir Khan. See what odds the bookies have for Mayweather vs Maidana and read a breakdown here…
The odds for Mayweather (-1000) vs Maidana (+600) posted online at Bovada are slightly different compared to the odds posted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that see Mayweather (-1200) and Maidana (+700).
Many had thought that Floyd Mayweather had already chosen Amir Khan as his next opponent, but soon their “contract” turned into a “verbal agreement”, which turned into a poll on Mayweather’s website for the fans to decide between Khan and Maidana.
The poll on Mayweather’s website was won by Amir Khan, but the reaction on social media to the decision was not favorable and Mayweather switched opponents and chose Maidana, claiming he wants to make the fans happy.
Now, whether this was all a mind game by Mayweather to get inside the head of his future opponent or not, the result is that he will be facing Maidana as the (-1000) favorite on May 3rd.
Comparisons have already been made between this fight and when Mayweather fought late Arturo Gatti, who has a similar style to Maidana. That fight saw Floyd as the large betting favorite who was able to neutralize the pressure of Gatti, and boxing pundits feel that Floyd will be able to do the same to Maidana.
UPDATE: Since the writing of this article, the event has been branded as “The Moment”. The undercard fights have been added and extensive prop betting odds have been released.
Amir Khan (-225) vs Luis Collazo (+185)
Instead of the main event, Amir Khan will face Luis Collazo for his chance at Mayweather. Gamblers have been backing Luis Collazo, and Khan’s odds have been dropping steadily. You can read a further breakdown of the fight here.
Adrien Broner (-3000) vs Carlos Molina (+1500)
Adrien Broner will be attempting a comeback after the beating he suffered at the hands of Marcos Maidana. This has all the markings of a “tune up” fight as Broner is anywhere from a (-2500) to (-5000) favorite over Carlos Molina, who should not be confused with the Carlos Molina that was recently arrested.
J’Leon Love (-125) vs Marco Antonio Periban (+105)
Gamblers have been betting on Marco Antonio Periban as J’leon Love has dropped down to a (-125) favorite from the opening odds of (-190). In his last bout, Periban fought to a 10 round draw with another TMT product Badou Jack.
Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana Prop Betting Odds
As is the case when there is a large favorite like Floyd Mayweather, much of the betting action goes on the underdog or on props. SportBet has released extensive prop betting odds for Mayweather vs Maidana and you can check some of them out below.
As would be expected, the bookies see Mayweather winning via decision as the most likely outcome at (-167) odds, while a unanimous decision win is at (-130). The odds for Maidana to knock Mayweather out are (+1065).