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Margarito favored in boxing odds drama over Mosley

In the first big fight of 2009, welterweight titleholder Antonio Margarito (37-5 27 KOs) is favored to beat former champion Shane Mosley (45-5 38 KOs). In terms of fight odds, Margarito is a huge favorite at Bovada and the 37-year old Mosley (+300) is a big underdog.

Both fighters are dealing with major distractions coming into this fight, as Mosely is still dealing with a BALCO scandal and Margarito may be looking to his next fight. That could be a rematch against Miguel Cotto, the fighter he beat to put him in the spotlight and earned him the title.

Margarito vs. Mosley odds -

If Mosley loses this fight, he might be done in the fight game, as many experts are saying that he should retire.

Margarito is not the most powerful puncher, but he is relentless and keeps coming after his opponents and wears them down throughout the fight. He has great hand speed and a great ability to throw multi-punch flurries, so if Mosley is not on the top of his game, he will lose this fight.

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Margarito will have to outwork Mosley to come out victorious. For Mosley to pull off the upset tonight he will have to dance around Margarito and not stand in front of him, as that will kill him. He will have to pick his spots and land punches in short bursts.

Mosley will also have to get off to a good start and not lose the first few rounds, since Margarito is better in the mid to late stages of a fight.

Mosley has the experience, as he has big wins over legit fighter, but is he too old at 37 to stand in the ring with the cream of the crop in the welterweight division?

Both fighter will go for points and try to win rounds, as a knockout is unlikely. Mosley has never been down for the count in any of his 53 pro fights and Margarito has a reputation of having an iron chin.

OddsBlogger Fight Pick: Margarito is a better fighter right now and he will hurt Mosley, as he is bigger and more powerful. If Mosely stands toe-to-toe with Margarito, he will get battered often.

Look for Margarito to land quite a few punches that will hurt Mosley in the middle rounds, as he should win by a TKO in the latter rounds or easily in a decision.