As big as the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be in the ring, the action that will be seen at the sports books will be even bigger for the Welterweight World title bout.
While there are several different ways to bet on the showdown this weekend, I feel there are only a small amount of realistic outcomes for the megafight.
Here are the three most likely outcomes of the Pacquiao-Bradley showdown going down Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Although Manny Pacquiao is the favorite to win the fight by a pretty hefty margin, I feel that Timothy Bradley—with his style and determination to prove he belongs in the same sentence as Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the best in boxing—could give the vast majority of fans a shock by giving "Pacman" his first loss in seven years.
Though it will take a very convincing effort from Bradley to defeat Pacquiao by decision on the judges score cards, Bradley has all the skills and speed to give "Pacman" more than he can handle and show the judges that he is clearly the winner.
Bradley currently sits as a +325 underdog to Pacquiao according to lasvegassportsbetting.com, which would net anyone who bets on Bradley $325 for every $100 they bet, making this possible outcome of the bout one of the most lucrative of them all.
In what seems to be the sure bet to the majority of fans and analysts worldwide, Manny Pacquiao winning via decision over Timothy Bradley is an outcome that is more than possible in the welterweight showdown.
"Pacman" has won by decision in the last four fights he has been in, and another decision win could be on it's way on Saturday night.
Pacquiao has a knack for winning close matches. Juan Manuel Marquez has suffered two close losses to "Pacman," showing it is no easy task to win via decision against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of all-time.
The chances of "Pacman" winning will rely on how Bradley tries to fight Pacquiao. If Bradley pushes the action forward, he will find it tougher to beat Pacquiao than if he opts for a more defensive style.
This seemingly pro-Pacquiao treatment from the judges could end up again giving another close fight to Pacquiao. The odds for Pacquiao to win by decision, according to lasvegassportsbetting.com, are -450, netting bettors $100 for every $450 they bet.
Although I feel this could be the least likely of the choices, there is still a chance that Manny Pacquiao could knock out Timothy Bradley, again depending on what fighting style Bradley brings to the ring Saturday night.
If Bradley comes in with the mindset that he is going to be the aggressor and push the action, "Pacman" should have more than enough opportunities to land a few devastating blows on Bradley, making a knockout more of a possibility than if Bradley plays the role of the counter-puncher that he does very adequately.
Lasvegassportsbetting.com has the odds of "Pacman" winning by KO at 7-to-4, meaning you will be paid $1.75 for every dollar you bet. This makes putting your money on Pacquiao winning via KO a better investment return-wise over the enormous -450 odds for Pacquiao just winning by decision.