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Boxing Expert Picks: Our Staff’s 6 Favorite Bets for Canelo vs. Jacobs

May 05, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
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Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Canelo Alvarez (left) and Daniel Jacobs (right) .

  • Canelo Alvarez is a -550 favorite over Daniel Jacobs in their Middleweight Championship fight on Saturday night (11:59 p.m. ET on DAZN).
  • Our boxing staffers picked their favorite bet each for tonight's main event:

Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs Betting Odds

  • Canelo odds: -550
  • Daniel Jacobs odds: +400
  • Over/Under: 10.5 Rounds (-350/+275)
  • Time: 11:59 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: DAZN

It’s Cinco de Mayo Weekend and that means one thing — there will be boxing. And more importantly, there will be great boxing.

Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) will put their middleweight titles on the line at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alvarez opened as a -280/300 favorite but has since moved to -550 with Jacobs coming back at +400. This fight is projected to go the distance as the Over/Under is set at 10.5 rounds with the over juiced to -350.

Here are our staff’s favorite bets for Saturday night’s mega-fight:

Rob Perez: Under 10.5 Rounds (+275)

I love Jacobs, he’s such a great story and my god he can throw bombs. Bombs that could even break the armor of the famously iron chin of Canelo Alvarez. But it’s no secret what happens to Jacobs when he begins to tire, his form flatlines and ascends to boxing heaven and we are left with a completely open horse stance bar brawler.

Jacobs will go for the kill and if he doesn’t get it he’s going to be in trouble late against a fighter who wants nothing more than to drag him into the deep end (a la Floyd Mayweather) with defense and endurance.

Somebody is getting knocked out of this fight, I’m not entirely sure who, but neither fighter is “just looking to survive the bell and get paid.” Looking at you, Amir Khan.

Ian Hartitz: Canelo Alvarez to Win -450

Kings stay kings. We’ve seen Alvarez favored by -2500 vs. Rocky Fielding and -750 vs. Julio Cesar Chavez between underdog bouts against Gennady Golovkin.

Now we have Daniel Jacobs, who oddsmakers seem to believe has a real chance of pulling the upset, but then again is facing ESPN’s No. 3 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

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