Last week, a coworker e-mailed a bunch of us fight fans at the office about a betting game that he devised himself for the Miguel Cotto-Floyd Mayweather fight. A participant could bet fifty pesos for Cotto or Mayweather based on any of the following possible outcomes: knockout/TKO, unanimous decision, split decision, majority decision, or draw. The total money would be pooled, with the winner(s) getting (or sharing ) the entire pot money.
The pot money reached 1,900 bucks, with some people betting on two or more scenarios at fifty pesos each. In my case, I just bet on the most likely outcome—Mayweather by unanimous decision.
My heart was for Cotto, but my mind—and my money—was for Money.
And in the end, I got my easy money—at the expense of the very game Puerto Rican who bought his “A” game last Sunday.
Not to gloat (well, yes, OK, to gloat), but I’d like to reiterate what I said a post ago:
Mayweather has also made a fortune on being the heel throughout his career, and a big chunk of the people who pay to watch his fights are those who want to see Floyd get his ass kicked. Problem is, Floyd is as smart outside the ring as he is inside it, especially when it comes to his boxing career, and he really won’t sign up to fight anyone whom he thinks has a sliver of a chance of handing him that first loss on his record.
I have to admit that Mayweather isn’t really one of my favorite fighters, but I admire the guy’s skills inside the ring and, admittedly, even his tactics outside of it. I also want to see someone beat the shit out of Mayweather, but Cotto isn’t going to be the one to do it. Expect an easy win for Mayweather, who will stay on the outside all night long and potshot his way to a wide unanimous decision victory.
Although I agree that Mayweather won the fight, I disagree wholeheartedly with the judges who scored it for Floyd by very wide margins. I scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.
My two cents: Money May has evidently slowed down. He is not as quick as he used to be, and he’s more stationary. In other words, he’s more hittable now. In fact, Mayweather even suffered a bloody nose, something that I haven’t seen any other boxer inflict on him before (but then again, I was never really a fan of Floyd, so I haven’t really watched a lot of his fights). It was just unfortunate that Miguel wasn’t fast enough to take full advantage.
That said, Mayweather is still one of the best defensive boxers in the business, and he got a well-deserved win.
I can’t wait to see how Manny Pacquiao will fare against Timothy Bradley, though. The ball is in Pacquiao’s court now. If he doesn’t get an impressive win against Bradley or if—gasp—he loses, Mayweather will surely overtake him atop the pound-for-pound rankings.
Anyway, thirteen people also bet on the “Mayweather by UD” outcome, and we all had to share the winnings.
I won a total of 96 bucks for my trouble. But much more important than the fucking chump change I won, I’d like to think that predicting the correct outcome would make my fight-prediction record less sucky.
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