As the folks from TMZ told us last month, Floyd Mayweather will indeed face Andre Berto on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas. And the boxing odds are just as crazy as expected.
So it's official now: Floyd Mayweather will fight Andre Berto on Sept. 12. We've suspected this for weeks already, thanks to the reportage of Michael Woods at The Sweet Science, which was then picked up by TMZ. Mayweather confirmed the reports on Tuesday; the fight will take place at the MGM Grand, although it won't be on CBS – it'll be a PPV event on Showtime (8:00 p.m. ET).
Now that the fight is official, we've got the early boxing odds coming down the wire, and we anticipate the arrival of the first boxing props for this match. The market won't be as busy as it was for Mayweather's fight against Pacquiao; Berto is a +1600 underdog, while Mayweather has opened as high as –8000 at bet365. Not chalky enough for you? Don't worry, the Champ's odds will only get shorter from here.
That's if what's happening across the pond is any indication. There are plenty of European-based sportsbooks that have Mayweather pegged at –10000, and at least one that's cranked up his boxing odds to –20000. This is all while keeping Berto at around +1600. Despite the chalk, early surveys indicate about two-thirds of bettors are on Mayweather.
Of course they are. This fight was already drawing bad press even before it was made official, with insiders calling the Berto matchup a joke. It's only getting worse now that everything's a go. For all you Star Wars fans, Bryan Armen Graham at The Guardian compared the fight to “Death Star v Alderaan.” Chris Mannix at Sports Illustrated said it would be like former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez deciding at the peak of his career to pitch in the independent leagues.
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Given what happened in the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, we expect people will gladly shell out for the PPV anyway. The widespread availability of pirated streams didn't stop 4.4 million people from dropping $100 on that fight, which is mind-blowing. And judging by the early overseas odds, there is more than enough room for chalkeaters to come in and bet Mayweather into the ground.
We can't even say they'd be wrong to do so. Obviously, Mayweather (48-0 lifetime) has never lost a professional fight. And he's still telling everyone that he will retire after facing Berto. This will be promoted as a “victory lap” for Mayweather, and he's defended his right to pick a tomato can to do the honors for him.