‘Fight of the decade’ dead evenEven though the fight hasn’t actually been set yet, early betting lines – as well as action – on an anticipated Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (pictured) have made the fight a Pick’em.
Originally, Station Casinos oddsmaker and vice president of sports book operations Art Manteris installed Manny Pacquiao as an 8-5 favorite last week over Floyd Mayweather Jr., while other local and International sports bookmakers installed Mayweather as the favorite.
However, as the discussion and betting increased over the past few days, Manteris’ opinion shifted.
"There were some very good boxing opinions that made Manny a 7-to-5 or 8-to-5 favorite. There were also some very sharp boxing oddsmakers that made Floyd a 7-to-5 or 8-to-5 favorite.
"Then, there was my wise old Uncle Jack; legendary Las Vegas oddsmaker ‘Pittsburgh’ Jack Franzi, who made the fight a dead ‘Pick-Em.’ After 48 hours of brisk wagering, I now believe he was right on the money," Manteris said.
Station Casinos’ sports books now have this much anticipated match-up as an even proposition or a "Pick Em" betting proposition. Guests can wager on either man laying 11 to win 10; or up to $22,000 to win $20,000.
Odds are subject to change and the fight must occur before the end of 2010.
"This is a great betting event and the match hasn’t even been made yet," Manteris said. "Clearly the betting public loves Pacquiao and the professional sports handicappers love Mayweather."
Manteris added that the "betting public can bet whoever they want. I’ll take the other guy," he said. "Either way, I’ll have one of the best fighters of all time going for me."
The one aspect boxing enthusiasts and sports bettors alike are eagerly awaiting is for both fighters to agree to the fight.
With the amount both fighters have generated from pay-per-view, the match is a "natural" for most boxing experts, and the "gate" or revenue should be astronomical.
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