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Floyd Mayweather Jr. opens as -270 betting favorite against Canelo Alvarez

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Undefeated welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles during a workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Mayweather will defend his WBC welterweight title against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4.

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Undefeated welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Mayweather will defend his WBC welterweight title against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4. Launch slideshow »

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.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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