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Blog 43

Updated: July 26, 2008, 8:07 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Saturday, 6 p.m. ET -- The odds are odd

I spoke with Jay Rood, MGM Mirage Race & Sports Book director, about the odds, which remain heavily weighted in favor of Miguel Cotto, even though most experts see this as a pick 'em fight -- or, at worst, one in which Cotto has a slight edge. He explained that he had initially set the odds much closer, but that wagering rapidly became heavily weighted toward Cotto. Interestingly, he said that more individual tickets have been wagered for Antonio Margarito, but more money -- including at least one six-figure wager -- has been laid on Cotto. The will-go-won't-go proposition -- or, how long will the fight last -- is 10 ½ rounds. The shortest odds for a Margarito victory are for a knockout in the final third of the contest, the reasoning being that if Cotto is ahead at that point, Margarito will need to go for broke to win. -- Kieran Mulvaney

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