When Manny Pacquiao puts his WBO welterweight belt on the line against junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, there is a big risk/reward for placing a bet on who will win the fight. However, there are other matches and betting lines that would add a little extra intrigue to the fights.
Per Bovada Sportsbook, none of the four bouts are expected to be close. The Pacquiao/Bradley matchup is the closest, with Pacquiao standing at -425 (a $425 bet would yield a $100 payout). Bradley is +310.
A more intriguing proposition for this matchup would be to pick a side bet.
The boxing styles of these two fighters makes a knockout somewhat unlikely. This could make the over/under bet at 9.5 rounds appealing, but the over sits at -260.
A better approach would be the "does the fight go the distance" option. The "yes" option will yield a $100 payout from a $170 bet. For those that believe it will end early, the payout is $120.
The most compelling lines are the "Method of Victory" lines, as follows:
Manny Pacquiao By Decision or Technical Decision +115 Manny Pacquiao by KO, TKO or DQ +175 Timothy Bradley by Decision or Technical Decision +475 Timothy Bradley by KO, TKO, or DQ +800 Draw +2100
The other fights will certainly receive action, but casual bettors aren't likely to get overly excited...unless they like one of the underdogs.
Mike Jones (-450) is favored to beat Randall Bailey (+325) in early action. The over/under is set at 8.5 rounds, with money favoring the fight ending early (-205).
In the WBA World super bantamweight title bout, Guillermo Rigondeaux is expected to dominate Teon Kennedy. The fight is expected to go over 7.5 rounds (-190), but Rigondeaux to win is listed at -2250.
Jesus Rojas (+850) isn't given much better odds against Jorge Arce (-1800). However, the over/under on this fight is the closest to even money of the four. Set at 6.5 rounds, the under is even money. Those that pick the over will need a $140 bet to hit a $100 payout.
If those aren't enough betting options, there is a laundry list of options for the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight. Those that feel Pac-Man can end the bout early can get 12/1 odds for a win in rounds 1-3. Bradley has 45/1 odds for the same option.
Overall, a small bet on Pacquiao to win a decision seems like a prudent move. The bout is expected to go 12 rounds, and it will need to be a commanding performance from Bradley to tilt the decision in his direction.