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Mayweather vs Berto betting odds: You must be kidding

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Fresh off winning the biggest fight of his career and one of the most significant in the entire history of the sport, Floyd Mayweather, who just earned a record-setting purse in May, will face lightly-regarded Andre Berto next in what may be the final bout of his illustrious career.

Mayweather vs Berto will take place September 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Many in the fight community consider this fight a mis-match and have been critical of Floyd for choosing a presumably easy opponent for the final bout of his career.

So what do the oddmakers say?

Unbelievably, Mayweather vs Berto odds peg Floyd as high as a 200 to 1 favotite.

Seriously...

As of August 25, the numbers are as follows for several, random online bookies according to Oddschecker:

betfair: 200 to 1
BETFRED: 200 to 1
StanJames.com: 200 to 1
BoyleSports: 100 to 1
Sky BET: 100 to 1
bet365: 80 to 1

Hence, in some cases one would have to bet $200 on Floyd to win $1. And Berto, in many cases, is a 16 to 1 underdog, meaning someone could earn $16 off 4 quarters.

If Andre Berto isn't already motivated for this fight, one look at the oddmakers' tallies would certainly get his juices flowing.

Berto, although not a top 7 or 8 welterweight, is a motivated, hungry former world champion who will be at his best come September 12.
As a winner of 30 of 33 fights, Andre Berto isn't exactly the 'chopped liver' portrayed by many.

Also, and at this level of boxing, any world class fighter (including Floyd Mayweather) is capable of losing against an experienced top 15 contender if he is not motivated and mentally-prepared to a degree.

Has a top fighter lost to a presumably over-matched opponent because the former seemingly lacked motivation or took his foe too lightly?

  • Leon Spinks UD 15 Muhammad Ali, 1978
  • Buster Douglas KO 10 Mike Tyson, 1990
  • Hasim Rahman KO 5 Lennox Lewis, 2001
  • Kirkland Lang SD 10 Roberto Duran, 1982
  • Iran Barkley TKO 3 Thomas Hearns, 1988


In addition, flukes sometimes happen in the sport. A fighter could be dominating his opponent and then suffer a nasty cut that forces the referee to halt the action.

Who remembers Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko (2003)? Although Klitschko wasn't dominating Lennox Lewis, the former had carried 4 of 6 rounds and rocked Lewis a few times before he sustained a grotesque - and very serious - cut.

For the referee, there was no alternative but to stop the fight.


And what about disqualifications? Most result in losses.

Who remembers Roy Jones Jr vs Montell Griffin I (1997)? Roy, the heavy favorite, had his foe badly hurt forced and had knocked Griffin down just before launching a free shot to his opponent's face after Griffin sat on one knee waiting for the count. Jones would be disqualified for the action and consequently suffer his first loss as a pro.

Floyd Mayweather is a heavy favorite against Berto and rightfully so, but the odds are not clearly not indicative of Berto's chances.

We do not advocate gambling and won't give any advice but, due to the public's perception of this match-up, Mayweather vs Berto odds may be big news at fight time.

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