Las Vegas fight is no Hagler-Hearns!

Dec 2, 2008 5:03 PM

Vaccaro’s View by Jimmy Vaccaro |

In what is perceived as the biggest fight in Las Vegas in many years, I had Oscar de la Hoya a -190 favorite back in August. It’s been bouncing around ever since.

The ticket count has been running 3-1 in favor of Manny Pacquiao, which is understandable. Make no mistake, Oscar does not have the clout as he once did as a box office attraction. There will be a full house, but scalpers who bought early will probably have to settle for face value.

I can remember Hagler-Hearns and Leonard-Duran when scalpers made a fortune. It’s quite different now. Back 25 years ago if buying bulk tickets early, you were laying 3 knowing the game was going to close at 7. Now -3 might be a dog come Saturday.

Large wagers are always talked about and I’m very sure that MGM MIRAGE will lead the way.

It’s been 19 years since the Mirage opened and Steve Wynn kicked it off with Leonard-Duran. We made Leonard a 7-5 favorite. You literally could not move inside the hotel from Monday until fight time. The feel just is not here for fight buildups nowadays.

The fight will draw enormous handle, but more due to Pacquiao than Oscar. You should see great deviation from the books here as opposed to the offshore. Props should be a good pickup also with numerous ways of enjoying the fight as opposed to betting it.

Here’s a throwout from Lucky’s – total knockdowns (1½, under -140). The UFC has made a major challenge to the supremacy of the "fight audience," but boxing has been called comatose a few times and has always come off the ropes with a flurry.

As the legendary boxing referee Mills Lane so appropriately said, "Let’s get it on."