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Mayweather v Pacquiao: Money big fav to win boxing’s mega fight

| 22.02.2015

Be prepared to stay up way past your bedtime on Saturday May 2nd 2015 as arguably the biggest and definitely the richest fight in boxing history will be taking place in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Manny Pacquiao.

It may have taken these two warriors five or so years longer than boxing fans worldwide wanted to set up, but it’s got to be a case of better late than never where this bout is concerned.

Promising to be one of the sporting spectacles of a generation, undefeated Mayweather (47-47) will enter the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the strong 1/3 favourite with Ladbrokes to extend his career winning streak.

Pacquiao, who has 57 wins and five losses from 64 contests, will begin the fight as the 5/2 underdog in his opponent’s home town, albeit Pac-Man is no stranger to the MGM Grand, having contested five of his lasts seven fights in Nevada.

The Filipino southpaw certainly has the edge in age, as Money approaches his 38th birthday on February 24th, while Pacquiao turned 36 in December 2014.

Although both men have been rated at numerous weights during their glittering careers the 12-round contest is due to be held at welterweight where all three major belts in the division will be on the line.

It’s not just settling the pound-for-pound legacy of these two magnificent fighters which makes the contest so intriguing either.

The master of evasion, Mayweather has always played the part of patient pugilist, content to sit behind his jab while Pacquiao is an aggressive front-foot boxer reliant on combinations but more open to being caught.

The waiting is almost over.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.