About time, Mayweather

Fat Guy Corner



The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight will finally take place on Saturday night. All boxing fans (those of us who are still left) have been waiting for this fight to take place for a long time.

I’m happy it’s finally going to happen in the ring.

The only shame is it didn’t happen four or five years ago like it should have. The fight will break the pay-per-view record moneywise, for sure.

Las Vegas has made Mayweather the favorite.

The funny thing is, more bets have been placed on Pacquiao to win; however the large money is getting swallowed up by Mayweather backers.

I really don’t know who will win this fight, to be brutally honest.

I just hope the fight lives up to the hype and I really think it will. I know one thing, I’ll be watching come Saturday night.

Run for the roses

Saturday is also the running of the 141st Kentucky Derby.

Man, talk about an action-packed day of sports. The top betting choice for the Kentucky Derby is American Pharaoh.

We all know Kentucky Derby favorites do not usually win the race. California Chrome, however, bucked that trend when he won the Kentucky Derby as the favorite last year.

I correctly gave you all three winners last year of the big three races The Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

I am writing this piece not knowing the post positions of the horses, which is a tough thing to do. They don’t draw until Wednesday afternoon. I do know American Pharaoh is a freak on the race track. He will be tough to beat, in my opinion.

Here are a couple other horses to look at if you don’t like the chalk. Dortmund will be a tough out and I look for him to go off at 4 or 5 to one. My long shot pick is a horse named Mubtaahij who will go off at around 10 to one.

The Fat Guy’s winner is American Pharaoh who looks like a monster to beat. I will pick Mubtaahij to finish second. Let’s see if I can keep my Kentucky Derby winning streak alive.

Who would have thought we would have the Derby and a huge boxing match all on the same day? I am excited and I hope if you’re betting the Kentucky Derby, you cash a nice big win ticket.

Holding all the cards

The NFL Draft takes place in Chicago tonight. Who is going to be the No. 1 pick?

Tampa Bay holds all the cards as to who it will be. I truly believe the Tampa Bucs don’t believe in Jameis Winston. Mr. Winston is the next Jamarcus Russell, if you ask me. He has credibility issues off the field. That is problem No. 1. The second problem is he throws way too many interceptions for my liking.

I also wonder if the Minnesota Vikings will trade running back Adrian Peterson. A.P. really doesn’t want to play for Minnesota anymore and Draft Day might be the time to trade him.

Marcus Mariota. Where will he land? Do the San Diego Chargers really deal Phillip Rivers and then draft Mariota?

I really think this NFL Draft will be a very interesting watch as teams move up and down the draft board.

The Lions drafting at No. 23, what will they do? The Lions would really love to see a defensive tackle fall to them in that spot as somebody has to fill Suh and Fairley’s spots.

We also know secondary help and offensive line help is a huge need. Stay tuned and tune in tonight for the draft.

Going the distance

The Detroit Red Wings are going the full seven games after failing to win game six at home.

This has been one of the strangest series in the playoffs. Detroit wins twice in Tampa and Tampa wins twice at the “Joe.” Home-ice advantage has been no advantage at all.

I will stick by my Red Wings in seven games, but I am not feeling real confident in my selection.

Petr Mrazek has played pretty good for Detroit in net.

I wonder what Jimmy Howard’s future looks like in Detroit? I’ll leave you to ponder that! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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