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article imageBetting starts for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight before contract

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 19, 2015 in Sports
Betting lines and odds are already up on the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao fight for May 2 - before the fight has even been signed. Not surprisingly, Mayweather is the odds on favourite at about 3-1.
Mayweather - Pacquiao betting odds
As boxinginsider notes, 5dimes and Bovada are two of the largest offshore online better sites and it is not surprising they already have numbers on the fight that isn't yet a fight.
"5dimes set its line at -290 Mayweather and +230 Pacquiao," boxing writer Ivan G. Goldman wrote on boxinginsider. "Meaning you have to put up $290 to win $100 on Mayweather. $100 on Pacquiao can win you $230. Over on Bovada, the line is set at -300 Mayweather and +230 Pacquiao."
The boxing world is being inundated with reports the two camps are oh so close to signing. Some reports say the method of testing has been agreed upon, the venue and date (the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, again on May 2) and even the money split, 60-40 in favor of Mayweather, has been agreed upon.
What's left? How it will be broadcast and by whom it will be broadcast, with each fighter under contract to a different company, Mayweather with Showtime, Pacquiao with HBO.
The superfight hype
There are other suggestions out there, like a rematch between Mayweather and Saul 'El Canelo' Alvarez, again to take place on May 2. And Amir Khan is trying to get a fight with Mayweather or Pacquiao. But with all of the hype — including the two fighters taking shots at one another on social media — the idea that this fight will not happen is too much to consider.
After all, if this latest round of speculation were to prove to be nothing more than speculation boxing fans would not be happy and, given all the misses going back to 2009, would rebel in some way. That would leave Mayweather and Pacquiao each blaming the other in order to minimize damage to their reputation and future box office.
No, this time they'll get it done — so let the wagering begin.
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