Like a fine wine that gets better with age or an enthusiastic 40-year old Dad who doesn’t want to let go of his boxing glory days? Either way, Floyd Mayweather Jr is never far away from the spotlight.
His Instagram post during the Canelo Alvarez Vs Gennady Golovkin fight, set pulses racing for a rematch of one of the most eagerly anticipated boxing matches of all time, between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and the great Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao.
The Return of a Classic Encounter?
These two veteran boxers came face to face at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas back in 2015, a fight which Mayweather won by a unanimous decision. Mayweather posted that video up on Instagram in September 2018, stating that Mayweather v Pacquiao 2 is in the works and could even be announced for a December date.
While that may be a bit fanciful, the fight itself could well happen. Floyd has also mentioned a tune-up fight of sorts, which could conceivably happen in December before a big rematch with the Pacman in 2019.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Manny Pacquiao 2 Betting Lines & Analysis
The Floyd Mayweather Vs Manny Pacquiao 2 betting odds became available shortly after that encounter in Las Vegas, with Mayweather opening as the -227 bookies favourite (Betway) and Manny Pacquiao the +200 underdog (888sport).
On the face of it, Floyd Mayweather 50-0-0 (27 KO’s) looks the clear value bet despite being the short runner in the market. There is no getting away from how outstanding a defensive boxer Floyd Mayweather is and also little disguising how easy he made their first fight look.
Many people (Pacquiao fans in particular) will look to Pacman’s shoulder injury that night as a clear reason as to why he lost that fight, but it didn’t stop him trying and certainly didn’t affect his movement from the waist down and put simply, Mayweather was on another level in terms of his footwork, evasive movement and counter-punching. Pacquiao has been the more active since they last met, but Mayweather is 2-0-0 since then, having dismantled both Andre Berto and MMA superstar Conor McGregor in 2017.
Many speculative judges even were of the opinion that Pacquiao won the first fight through sheer volume of punches, but if you watch the fight back closely, it’s pretty clear that the Filipino future ‘Hall of Famer’ was hitting the thin air for much of the time. Obviously, the judges do take into account who the aggressor is, ring craft and forward motion etc, but Floyd Mayweather is a master of evasion and also sublime at making it clear who is in charge of the bout, even if – like many of his opponents – he is not the one working on the front foot.
Floyd Mayweather Vs Manny Pacquiao 2 – Fight Verdict and Betting Tips
So, based on the above, it’s clear where our loyalties lie. That’s not to detract from the clear chance that a fully-fit and on song Manny Pacquiao would have against anyone on the planet at Welterweight. At the age of 39, he is two years younger than Mayweather, who we know has fragile hands and one has to consider at what point Mayweather will lose half a metre of speed, not to mention his hunger for a gruelling training camp and weight cut.
We know that power is the last thing to leave a fighter and Manny Pacquiao has that in abundance. He KO’d Lucas Matthysse in his last fight on July 15th 2018, where he regained the WBO Welterweight title in devastating fashion. Trainer Freddie Roach maintains that Pacquiao is still very much capable of producing the form of old when he’s got the hunger and desire to do so and what better incentive is there than a rematch with a 41-year old Floyd Mayweather, who at this stage could be more vulnerable than in years gone by. So, for Pacquiao backers, those odds of around +200/$3.00 or so may well represent some betting value.
Once again, however, we cannot ignore the kind of operator Floyd “Money” Mayweather is, a man who has left no stone unturned in his preparation for all fifty of his professional bouts. The Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas in one of the best gyms in the world, renowned for the quality of sparring and the coaches there need no introduction, not least Mayweather Snr, who has been instrumental to the development and mindset of his son from a very early age.
Mayweather v Pacquiao 2 – Who will win?
When these two masters of their craft meet in the ring for the second time, we can expect it to be a huge Pay-Per-View success, so, unfortunately, there will be no Live Streaming options available from the bookmaker’s sites. We can expect Floyd Mayweather to establish his guard on the back foot from very early on, using his movement and counter-punching to frustrate Pacquiao and get the first 3-4 rounds on the board without too much of a hiccup.
Pacman will probably come on strong in the mid-rounds, which are likely to be close. But as the fight wears on, Mayweather is likely to pick up the pace once more and finish off strongly, probably securing himself another unanimous decision victory.
As we saw against UFC’s Conor McGregor though, Mayweather is still capable of powerful, sharp punches and the possibility of a TKO win is very much there against an ageing Pacquiao. So the sensible bet is to just simply have ‘Money’ Mayweather on your side to win once again by any means necessary and maintain his flawless boxing record.
As the big fight draws closer there is sure to be lots of Mayweather v Pacquiao betting offers and promotions so stay tuned to OnlineSportBetting.ca for all the latest updates. It promises to be another enthralling fight night in Las Vegas – we can’t wait!
Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao at -227 with Betway Sports