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Boxing Betting: May Preview & Odds

No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. highlights an impressive boxing betting schedule for the month of May that also includes bouts featuring Juan Manuel Marquez and Felix Sturm.

Kicking off the boxing betting action for the month on May 3 is the Welterweight title unification fight between Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) and Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s). Betting lines at Bovada currently have Mayweather listed as the heavy -1000 favorite while the Maidana upset will pay boxing odds of +600. Better value on a Mayweather win can be found in the bevy of prop bet options currently being offered at 5Dimes.

Mayweather should win an easy decision over the heavy-handed Maidana, making the Mayweather wins via 12-round decision at -167 a far more inexpensive option. Fight goes the distance at -210 is another inexpensive way to cash in on boxing betting’s most reliable stud.

On May 17 Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) will look to get back to his winning ways following the loss of his WBO Welterweight title when he faces Mike Alvarado (31-1, 12 KO’s) for the WBO International Welterweight title. Marquez is currently an affordable -225 favorite at 5Dimes while the Alvarado upset will pay boxing odds of +195 at Bovada.

Despite having a better pedigree of elite opponents on his fight record, boxing betting action thus far has dropped the line on Marquez down from the initial offering of -278.

On May 31 IBF Middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-3-2-1, 19 KO’s) will defend his title for the first time against the man who originally won a decision against him last year only to have it overturned following a failed drug test.

Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KO’s) gets the chance to redeem himself and become a champion, but he’ll have to beat the odds to do so. Currently a -420 favorite at 5Dimes, Sturm is expected to do far better against a drug-free Soliman who is currently handicapped to pay +300 for the upset.