Boxing’s richest fighter of all-time, Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya takes on Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes on Saturday May 3rd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and SportsBetting.com lists Oscar De La Hoya as the overwhelming -2000 favorite to win the fight. With this just scheduled to be a tune up fight for De La Hoya’s rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. scheduled for September 20th, 2008, oddsmakers are giving Steve Forbes absolutely no shot. With the value in taking Forbes very high with the chance for a big reward with little risk, he is sure to get some action from value hunters, but will they just be throwing their money away? Point-Spreads.com readers get Expert Boxing Handicapper Dave Price’s take as he weighs the Oscar De La Hoya vs Steve Forbes betting odds.
Let’s cut right to the chase. There’s absolutely no way De La Hoya can lose this fight for the sake of boxing. Boxing doesn’t have near the following it once had with the UFC now gaining the public’s popularity vote. A loss to Forbes here ruins the hype surrounding the already schedule rematch with Mayweather and it likely wipes the bout out all together. De La Hoya has a career record of 38 wins and 5 losses with 30 wins coming by way of knockout. He started his career 31-0 before losing to Felix Trinidad in a 1999 WBC and IBF Welterweight Title bout. He has lost three of his last five fights but those losses were to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Bernard Hopkins, and Shane Mosely.
Stephen Forbes is a former IBF and USBA Super Featherweight title holder. His nickname “Two Pounds” doesn’t have anything to do with the ring. It is a reminder to himself and the world that he only weighed two pounds when he was born. So naturally a small guy like this wanted to become a boxer to prove he is tough despite his size. I’m just not sure he’s tough enough to handle even an aged De La Hoya. Forbes has an impressive professional record of 32 wins and only 5 losses, but only 9 wins have come by way of knockout. That is significant because the only real chance I see him having to win is to knock De La Hoya out. Bernard Hopkins is the only boxer to ever knock De La Hoya out so I definitely don’t see a boxer which has had trouble dropping Super Featherweights drop one of the best fighters of all time.
Let me rephrase what I stated earlier; I know Forbes is not tough enough to handle The Golden Boy. While it’s probably not worth laying a ridiculous amount of juice for a small return, unless of course you’ve got it to lay, we’ll likely look to make our wager on the over/under 9.5 rounds. De La Hoya’s goal is not to knock out Forbes. It is to go the distance to get his ring conditioning down and to work on technique. This fight is entirely geared toward his upcoming match with Mayweather so he’s not looking to wow the crowd with a knockout here. He did knockout Mayorga in his comeback fight after losing to Hopkins, but that was to show the world he still had it in him. He’ll have a different mindset here.
SportsBetting.com has posted Oscar De La Hoya vs Steve Forbes Betting Odds:
Oscar De la Hoya -2000
Steve Forbes +1000
Over Rounds 9.5(-325)
Under Rounds 9.5