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Mayweather v Pacquiao: Don’t rule out an early stoppage

04 Mar | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Mayweather v Pacquiao: Don’t rule out an early stoppage

Boxing News Magazine's Danny Flexen looks ahead to the showpiece fight of the year

THERE is one clear pattern that emerges from looking at the odds for Floyd Mayweather’s May 2 megafight with arch-rival Manny Pacquiao: it does not appear likely to end inside the distance.

The Round betting picks vary from 40/1 up to 80/1, which makes sense given that Mayweather has never been stopped and only really came close to suffering that fate courtesy of one Shane Mosley right hand nearly five years ago.

Pacquiao’s only early loss in the last 15 years was against perennial nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, when the Filipino, well in control, walked onto a pulverising right in 2012.

But look beyond the bare stats. We have two incredible fighters but both have seen better days.

More to the point, the two men have coasted through a number of their recent fights and on May 2 they will actually be challenged, making cuts, physical damage and a knockout all real possibilities.

The knock against Pacquiao is that he last won early in 2009 and against his last three foes – Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Chris Algieir – he dominated and still could not put any of them away.

Critics insist his killer instinct has gone but against Mayweather, in the biggest fight of his life, it could well return.

Mayweather hasn’t enjoyed a legitimate stoppage since 2007 – a 2011 ‘cheap shot’ KO of Victor Ortiz does not count in this article – but Pacquiao should do what so few others have managed and that’s force “Money” to fight, to defend himself vigorously, to lash out even.

If pumped-up featherweight Marquez can nail Pacquiao, surely Mayweather, a welter now for almost 10 years, can do something similar if the mood takes him.

The most likely outcome is still one of these two superstars triumphing on points, but the round betting is where the value lies.

The draw, at 22/1 and a result which would set up a lucrative rematch, isn’t a bad idea either.

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