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Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul odds, predictions, betting trends for 2021 fight



Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul odds, predictions, betting trends for 2021 fight

Floyd Mayweather will face YouTube sensation Logan Paul in a special eight-round exhibition bout on June 6 in Miami. It’s an utter mismatch on paper as the undefeated five-division world champion has beaten a plethora of present and future hall of famers while Logan Paul lost his only professional boxing match against a fellow YouTuber. 

But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way to make money betting on the fight. It does have some special rules in place but that shouldn’t deter anyone who finds an opportunity. Mayweather never shows up to do anything less than entertain and Paul is only here because he simply can’t pass up the opportunity to step into the ring with one of the greatest boxers of all time. 

Let’s take a look at the betting lines and see where opportunities are to make some money.

All betting odds courtesy of William Hill.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul odds

  • Floyd Mayweather: -909
  • Logan Paul: +550
  • Draw: +1200

These odds are absolutely obscene. In no universe should Logan Paul have better odds of beating Mayweather than Andre Berto did. Mayweather was a massive -3000 favorite against Berto and is only a -909 against Paul. Why? Who knows. But unless you have a lot of money to put down — it’ll take $909 dollars to make $100 if you bet on Mayweather —  stay away from this betting line. As tempted as you might be to put money down on Paul, don’t. It’s not worth it. 

Mayweather vs. Paul prop bets

  • Mayweather by (T)KO: -227
  • Paul by (T)KO: +800
  • Mayweather wins in round 1: +500
  • Mayweather wins in round 2: +500
  • Mayweather wins in round 3: +800
  • Mayweather wins in round 4: +900
  • Mayweather wins in round 5: +1200
  • Mayweather wins in round 6: +1400
  • Mayweather wins in round 7: +1400 
  • Mayweather wins in round 8: +1600
  • Paul wins in round 1: +4000
  • Paul wins in round 2: +4000
  • Paul wins in round 3: +4000
  • Paul wins in round 4: +4000
  • Paul wins in round 5: +5000
  • Paul wins in round 6: +5000
  • Paul wins in round 7: +6600 
  • Paul wins in round 8: +6600

Here’s where you’ll find the most betting bang for your buck. But you’ll have to be pretty particular in selecting which round that Mayweather decides to end the fight. It’s really up to him to determine when he’s done playing around and put an end to the YouTuber masquerading as a boxer. 

First things first: Eliminate any possibility of betting on Logan Paul. As tempting as these odds may seem, there’s no chance that he’ll beat an undefeated fighter who has faced a plethora of champions throughout his career. 

The most plausible betting line is Mayweather by (T)KO at -227, which means you would have to bet $227 in order to earn a $100 profit should Mayweather end the fight via knockout. But if that’s too expensive for your tastes considering that you would have to bet a hefty amount to see a decent return, betting on Mayweather to finish the fight early in highly likely. Unlike his fight with Conor McGregor where it appeared that Mayweather wanted to carry McGregor long enough to draw interest in a rematch, there’s no reason for Mayweather to drag this fight into the later rounds. For one, Paul is bigger and there’s always a risk that Paul could attempt to hurt Mayweather in other ways. Secondly, there’s absolutely no reason for Mayweather to make Paul look good. Anything longer than a couple of rounds will make the undefeated champion look like he’s lost a step. 

Consider what Mayweather did to Tenshin Nasukawa back in December 2018 in his only other exhibition. Mayweather wasted little time with his kickboxing opponent and thrashed him inside of one round. With possible eyes on a showdown with Logan’s younger brother Jake, Mayweather will likely make an example out of his June 6 opponent. Not to mention that Jake Paul stealing Mayweather’s hat at the press conference has likely incensed the 44-year-old to put on a stellar display of punishment. 

Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul prediction

Expect Mayweather to put an end to Paul within three rounds. With rounds one and two at +500 and round three at +800, spreading the bet across those rounds should likely yield a healthy profit. A $100 bet on either round one or two will bring back a $500 profit while the same wager on round three will bring back $800. 

Sporting News Pick: Mayweather by (T)KO in round one, two or three. 

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Padres’ Manny Machado wore the perfect Father’s Day footwear



Padres' Manny Machado wore the perfect Father's Day footwear

Manny Machado’s got heat on feet. Kind of.

While ostentatious, loud and colorful cleats are all the rage in baseball, the Padres’ star third baseman dialed it down on Father’s Day. Like, a lot down.

Machado took the field wearing a pair of Nike Air Monarch cleats — the preeminent, iconic dad shoe — during San Diego’s Dad Day matchup vs. the Reds.

The Monarchs have fostered a reputation for being an unforgettable dad-worn sneaker, making Machado’s footwear a tremendous salute to fathers (and grillmasters) around the country.

What makes the cleats even better is that they are in the classic white, silver and navy blue colorway, which is the only way to wear those bad boys. While these are Jordan Brand player-exclusive cleats, they’re dad-exclusive away from the field.

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Machado has worn all different makes of cleats throughout his career, usually flashy and gaudy types. The All-Star infielder has worn Jordan 11s, 12s, 4s and a bunch of others on the field.

Still, lacing up a pair of Grillmaster 5s on Father’s Day earned him plenty of praise from fans who understood the tribute:

You’ll probably be able to catch Machado after the game at a BBQ near you, likely cracking some bad puns and calling everyone “big guy.”

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Nets’ Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says



Nets' Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

Kevin Durant isn’t going to be taking much time off this summer.

In fact, he appears to be ready for more action despite playing all 53 minutes of the Nets’ Game 7 overtime loss to the Bucks and scoring a game-high 48 points. And he’s joining another super team that has title hopes.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant is expected to commit to Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Durant would become the sixth player to commit to Team USA, joining another player with Olympic experience, Draymond Green, and four first-time Olympians: Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.

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Durant competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He averaged 19.5 points at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and 19.4 points at the 2012 London Olympics.

In addition, Durant shot 54.6 percent from the shorter-range international 3-point line at the two tournaments and has compiled a 39-0 record in international play.

Team USA can now turn its attention to its remaining question marks with Durant’s commitment reportedly secured. Anthony Davis and LeBron James won’t be participating in this year’s Olympics, but Stephen Curry was “50-50” about competing in the event.

Either way, Team USA should be considered the top threat at the 2021 Summer Games with Durant in the fold.

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Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record



Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record

If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then what’s a triple play?

The Yankees had already turned two triple plays this season before Sunday, including one that has literally never been seen before in MLB history. Then they pulled off one more, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

With the Yankees teetering on the brink of danger in the ninth inning, closer Aroldis Chapman got A’s catcher Sean Murphy to ground to third baseman Gio Urshela, who stepped on the bag and relayed to DJ LeMahieu, who then threw to Chris Gittens for the 5-4-3 game-ender.

It was a record-tying play by the Yankees: The high-water mark for triple plays turned in a season is three, with the feat most recently accomplished by the White Sox in 2016.

The Yankees’ second triple play of the year — a 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple killing vs. the Blue Jays on June 17 — had never accomplished in baseball history:

The around-the-horn game-ending triple play on Father’s Day secured a 2-1 victory over Oakland and gave New York the series win over a hot A’s team. New York moves to 38-33 and continues to right the ship in an up-and-down season.

But, hey, that’s a pretty cool gift for dads everywhere.

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