Floyd Mayweather Jr. has only fought twice in nearly four years but he found ways to keep himself in the public eye.
And being 41-0 and remaining in the public eye is a good way to make yourself a huge boxing betting favorite. That’s what’s happening Sept. 17 when he faces hard-punching Victor Ortiz, a fight many hope is a prelude to a superfight between Pretty Boy Floyd and Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather was -475 chalk recently at while the challenger for the WBC welterweight bout is a +475 underdog. That means a $1000 bet on Ortiz would pay a +475 profit.
Expect the Mayweather Ortiz odds to remain largely unchanged as the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas creeps nearer. Recreational bettors will continue to back Mayweather, while sharp boxing bettors may look for over-under round odds for value on this huge fight.
Mayweather last fought against Shane Mosley and only one of his previous six fights ended before 12 rounds. Ortiz on the other hand won a decision over then-unbeaten Andre Berto (who fights Sept. 3). He also has a draw and a loss on his resume in the past two years and has been the much busier fighter.
September offers more boxing odds and key battles, including Vitali Klitschko’s return to the ring on Sept. 10.
Sept. 3 - (HBO) Jan Zaveck (31-1) vs. Andre Berto (27-1) for the IBF welterweight belt. Both are ranked in the Top 4 of the division at Ring Magazine and Berto is favored in the -500 range at 5Dimes.
Sept. 3 - Vic Darchinyan (36-3-1) vs. Evans Mbamba (18-1) in Armenia. Like big underdogs? Welcome to Mbamba, who is a huge +2200 underdog. Darchinyan is -5500 at 5Dimes, which often has odds on over under boxing rounds and other fun boxing props.
Sept. 10 - (HBO) Vitali Klitschko (42-2) vs. Tomasz Adamek (44-1) in Poland in a battle of Ring Magazine’s top-ranked heavyweight and its No. 3 man. The odds favor Klitschko, but not as much as you might think at -600.