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
Will you place bets to make the fights more exciting?
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.