MGM Grand sports book abuzz with Mayweather-Cotto looming

Bryan Armen Graham
Saturday May 5th, 2012

Click to enlarge the most recent odds sheet for Saturday's super welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

LAS VEGAS -- As tonight's Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight draws near, the most recent odds from the MGM Grand sports book are reflecting moderate late action on the underdog.

Mayweather remains a lopsided favorite in the super welterweight title fight (9 p.m. ET, $59.95, HBO PPV), though the odds against Cotto have shortened to 5-to-1 at press time -- down from 6-to-1 earlier this week.

The trend should come as no surprise to anyone who attended Friday's weigh-in, where crowd support skewed heavily in support of Cotto. More than 6,000 fans booed lustily when footage of Mayweather's knockout of Mexican-American champion Victor Ortiz was shown on dual projection screens, stoking passions that had already been running high during Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who opened as a 10-to-1 favorite against Shane Mosley in tonight's co-feature bout, was a 9-to-1 favorite on Saturday, one of the busiest days of the year at the 5,300-square-foot betting arena.

Hordes of soccer fans made for an energetic, standing-room-only environs Saturday morning, as Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup Final was broadcast in nearly half of the thirty-six 60-inch plasma televisions and twenty-four 42-inch screens. Even at 11 a.m. local time, the line of bettors extended far past the windows outside the state-of-the-art betting parlor, thanks to a full slate of events including tonight's fights, the Kentucky Derby, the NBA and NHL playoff and Major League Baseball games.

One middle-aged punter insisted the smart money on tonight's Mayweather-Cotto fight was the rounds proposition: If the fight ends before the 10th round, a $100 bet returns $190 in winnings. If the fight extends past the 10th, it requires a wager of $230 to win $100.

"Cotto's a bleeder and he'll be there to hit," said Stephen Thompson, a longtime fight fan (and Chelsea supporter) visiting from London. "I see cuts playing a role in the fight and the referee will have no choice but to stop it."

-- Bryan Armen Graham

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