Marco Antonio Barrera showed why he was a —450 favorite
and the reason many boxing bettors decided to sit this one out.
way I’m messing with Barrera,” said one wiseguy sitting near the MGM race
and sports book. “Tapia is good, but he’s getting older and really no
assessment was accurate. Barrera dominated the fight, billed as the true
featherweight championship of the world. There was never a doubt about the
result or the fact the bout would last the full 12 rounds, priced at minus $1.10
(56-3) continually beat Tapia to the punch, sweeping the three Judges scorecards
by margins of 118-110 (twice) and 116-112. GamingToday also scored the bout
118-110 with Tapia winning the sixth and ninth round.
(52-3-2) brought his usual energy, but took too many shots to the face to make
an impact on Barrera.
fight was entertaining, if not well attended. The announced crowd was a 7,707,
which didn’t include a less than normal national media coverage.
II of the featherweight elite takes place Nov. 16 at Mandalay Bay where Erik
Morales faces Paulie Ayala.
Shamrock +140 underdog
Ken Shamrock, the most famous name in Ultimate Fighting, is a Surprising +140 underdog in his Nov. 22 fight with light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The live-pay-per-view event is gaining more media attention, evidenced with the hiring of USA Today sports analyst and oddsmaker Danny Sheridan as a commentator. MGM Grand lists Ortiz as a —180 favorite to retain his title.
UFC 40 is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PST.
- At The Mandalay Bay Casino
Morales (41-1) vs. Paulie Ayala (34-1)
7 - At Mandalay Bay Casino
Mayweather (28-0) vs. Jose Luis Castillo (46-5-1)
Wladimir Klitschko (39-1) vs. Jameel McCline (28-2-3)