Floyd Mayweather looks to extend his 45-fight unbeaten streak on May 3rd when he mixes it up with Marcos Maidana but is there any value in the offshore boxing odds with
the underdog in this bout?
Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s)
Maidana is the most recent fighter in what seems to be a never ending series of
challengers in line to earn a big payday by climbing into the squared circle
(never really got that reference but I’ll go with it) with Floyd “I’ll Make You
Money” Mayweather. Maidana came away
with a unanimous decision victory on December 14th over Adrien
Broner when he overpowered the former champ with a relentless attack and brute
strength. It was a stunning victory for
Maidana who was roughly a +350 underdog on the boxing odds board in most offshore books. It also proved that once the bell sounds all
that “on paper” stuff goes right out the window. Maidana not only earned a decent paycheck but
seized the WBA Welterweight title and an opportunity to fight a legend in Floyd
now fresh off the biggest win of his career with the only blemishes on his mark
coming courtesy of former WBC and IBF Light Welterweight champ Devon Alexander,
former WBA and IBF Light Welterweight king Amir Khan (both by unanimous decision)
and former WBA Light Welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik via split
decision. But the 30-year-old
Argentinian now has the spotlight firmly affixed to him and the betting public
is questioning whether he is a viable underdog or just another notch on the
ever expanding holster of Floyd Mayweather.
Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s)
Mayweather needs no introduction. If you
have run out of superlatives for his legendary boxing prowess then just ask the
man himself - I’m sure he will think of a few more. Yes, his insatiable ego and prodigious
spending habits loom as large as the monumental legacy he has carved out in the
world of professional boxing. He has
only a few fights left in him (or so he says) but regardless of what happens
going forward his name will be firmly etched amongst the greatest who ever
practiced the sweet science.
So enough of
the accolades and genuflection at the altar of Floyd Mayweather, we have a
fight to analyze. Mayweather last fought
on September 14th when he captured a majority decision over Saul “El
Canelo” Alvarez. While one judge, C.J.
Ross, did declare the fight to be a draw the numbers don’t lie. It was clear to all except Ross, and perhaps
Alvarez’s immediate family, that Mayweather dominated the fight. Mayweather landed 46 percent of his punches
and 53 percent of his power punches while Alvarez connected on only 22 percent
of his punches and was out-landed 232-117 when the final bell sounded.
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Free Boxing Pick:
has four fights left on a six-fight megadeal with Showtime and there will come
a time when Mayweather meets Father Time but nobody knows when. However, we do know the 2014 version of Floyd
Mayweather is a slightly diminished model of his peak. Yet he is still the fastest and most complete
boxer on the planet.
man in front of him on May 3rd poses a serious threat. He will not be worn down and possesses
devastating knockout power. Maidana may
not be able to outpoint Mayweather because it’s proven nobody can, however he
has the arsenal to ring Money’s bell. That bell has not been rung in a good long time and Mayweather has only
one KO in his last six fights. He is a
laser-locked sniper who deftly weaves like a phantom avoiding casualties. But Maidana has never been knocked out and
will try to impose his physicality on Mayweather. If you want a big underdog to cash a ticket
in your boxing picks, you could do much worse than Marcos Maidana.
Boxing Picks: Maidana
+700 at Bet365.com.