Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 12:05 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a heavy favorite to keep his undefeated boxing record intact.
Mayweather, who late Wednesday agreed to a Sept. 14 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Canelo Alvarez, is listed as a -270 betting favorite at William Hill US for the WBA/WBC super welterweight title fight. Gamblers would risk $27 to win $10 on Mayweather. Alvarez is +230.
Alvarez is no slouch and considered by several to be more than capable of winning. He’s 42-0-1 and has knocked out 30 opponents. The 23 year-old is 13 years younger than Mayweather with the speed and power to keep pace with boxing’s pound-for-pound top fighters.
On the flip side, some of Alvarez’s victories have come against lesser opponents, and the savvy veteran Mayweather is a significant step up in competition. Mayweather, of course, is undefeated in 44 professional fights — an achievement his critics said stopped him for booking tough opponents. That theory, despite Mayweather being a heavy betting favorite, changed Wednesday.