Sportsbooks bracing for sharp money on Mayweather

May 4, 2013 |
Love him or hate him, Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes for good action when it comes to boxing betting.

The “hate him” crowd has moved Mayweather’s odds from as high as -1,200 to -650, siding with +450 underdog Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday night. However, books are bracing for wise money to come back on the 43-0 undefeated champion in the hours before the fight.

“As the fight draws to 'Buffer time', the expectation is to see solid Floyd money coming in,” an oddsmaker for told Covers. “The only real question in this fight seems to be about Floyd’s age and post prison conditioning.”

Mayweather hasn’t fought in a year and served two months of jail time for domestic abuse. Guerrero is a physical southpaw fighter, and is trying to exploit Mayweather’s past weakness versus lefties. Action on Mayweather has been very light entering Saturday, with sharps waiting for a better price on the favorite.

According to Russ Candler, an oddsmaker for, they’re happily taking action on the Mayweather via KO prop, which is priced at +300.

“Guerrero looks a tough nut to crack,” Candler told Covers. “I don’t think he can knockout Mayweather or even rack up enough points to do him on cards but he won’t be disgraced.”

The round total is set at 9.5 rounds. The over has moved from -240 to -303 while the under has been moved between +240 and +250.

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