Can underdog Manny Pacquiao beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather in their mega-fight tomorrow at the MGM Grand?
What’s at stake?
The welterweight championship of the world to start, but more than that will be the title of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, which will be worth more the Manny than anything else. Mayweather may earn $180 million plus while Pacquiao’s side will likely earn about $120 million, the Associated Press estimated.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
- Nickname: Money
- Age: 38
- Children: 4
- Trainer: Floyd Mayweather, Sr.
- Born: Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Height: 5 feet 8 inches
- Reach: 72 inches
- Record: 47 fights, 47 wins, 26 KOs
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao
- Nickname: Manny, Pac Man
- Age: 36
- Children: 5
- Trainer: Freddie Roach
- Born: General Santos City, Philippines
- Height: 5 feet 6 1/2 inches
- Reach: 67 inches
- Record: 64 fights, 57 wins, 38 KOs
Matchup: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
Date: May. 2, 2015
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: MGM Grand
TV Info: HBO/Showtime
Stream: HBO | Showtime
Money Line: Mayweather -210, Pacquiao +170
My Top 3 Reasons To Bet On Manny Pacquiao To Beat Floyd Mayweather
- Pacquiao’s tougher than Floyd – From 2008 to 2011, Pacquiao made the case that he was one of the best fighters if not the best fighter in the world. Starting in 2008, Manny had beaten Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Moseley and Juan Manuel Marquez. The only fighter that Pacquiao hadn’t beaten up to that point was Floyd Mayweather Jr. While Mayweather was touting how great he was and padding his undefeated stat line, Pacquiao was fighting the very best of the best. He’s simply tougher than Floyd. Pacquiao bounced back from consecutive losses to Timothy Bradley and Marquez by beating Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley in the rematch and Chris Algieri. That shows toughness that Floyd has never had to display.
- Pacquiao’s been waiting for this moment – Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the man that has stood atop the boxing world for years. He’s the person that all other fighters have strived to be. As much press as Pacquaio has gotten in his native Philippines, even ascending to his nation’s congress, it’s Floyd Mayweather who has run boxing. Mayweather pulls the strings in American boxing because he commands more money via pay-per-view than any other fighter. By beating Mayweather, Pacquiao will forever solidify his position as one of the greatest fighters of all time. He’s been waiting for this moment his whole career.
- It’s about the odds – Pacquaio started out as a +210 underdog. So much money has flowed in to Manny that now the odds are either +170 to +175 in the sportsbooks. That’s a huge drop from +210. Some theories are that all of the money is Philippine fan money. If so, that’s a lot of fan money. The thing is, this fight goes off in about a week and the line still hasn’t gone north. It’s hovered around the +170 to +175 range meaning that Floyd’s backers aren’t betting enough to significantly change the line. If you follow the money, not Floyd, but the money, Pacquaio is the bet.