Floyd Mayweather improved to 47-0 Saturday night with a largely forgettable unanimous decision win over Marcos Maidana in a rematch that paled in comparison to the stellar original. Amid a few boos that rained down from the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather gave himself a grade of “C, C minus” in the post-fight interview.
Regardless of how entertaining the fight was, Mayweather still earned a guaranteed $32 million for his hour of work. He said before the fight that he plans to fight twice more and retire after potentially pushing his record to 49-0.
There’s no clear next opponent for Mayweather to face. Mayweather acknowledged that a long-awaited showdown with Manny Pacquiao is a possibility, but Pacquiao is set to fight Chris Algieri in November and both Mayweather and Pacquiao will even further removed from their primes by next May.
The Mayweather show has grown stale, and there’s no better indication of the waning interest in his fights than at the casinos around Las Vegas.
According to ESPN, betting at MGM was down more than 50 percent compared to Mayweather’s fight with Canelo Alvarez in 2013. Mayweather was a minus-600 favorite over Maidana this weekend, meaning a bettor would have to bet $600 just to win $100. Those kind of odds, driven by the lack of any real competition for Mayweather to face, scare off most people.
“No big bets; no accumulation of small bets on the underdog. No interest. Floyd’s not the most popular guy,” [William Hill director of trading Nick] Bogdanovich added. “His fights aren’t really exciting. People are tired of it.”
Source: USA Today (For The Win)