Mayweather is the favourite which undoubtedly impacts on popularity of bets…
Manny Pacquiao has gained a significant amount of early support from bookmaker Sky Bet’s customers after odds were released on his super-fight with Floyd Mayweather.
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The pound-for-pound kings will clash on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Mayweather has been installed as the clear favourite for the right by many sportsbooks.
Given that the American is still unbeaten and many believe that Pacquiao’s skills have regressed more out of the two in recent years, it makes sense that the 37-year-old will have short odds.
However, Pac-Man should not be ruled out entirely as Mayweather has not faced an opponent with the foot work, hand speed and ability to pair combinations with power that the Filipino has.
Although it is still staggering that 72 percent of the customers back Pacquiao, it is worth considering the fact that they are undoubtedly attracted by the winnings on offer and persuaded to back the underdog rather than genuinely believing that he can win.
Sky Bet have stated that they have taken a significant amount of bets on the bout even though it hasn’t even yet been announced who will be broadcasting the fight in the UK, and it is another indication of how big the event is worldwide even to those though don’t follow boxing.
Pacquiao to win in the eighth round is the most popular individual round betting, and even though his power has waned in recent years, he still carries enough threat to put Mayweather over if he is able to land his big shots.