While Manny Pacquiao gears up to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, gamblers are carefully observing and getting ready to place a wager down at the book.
Pacquiao is currently -280 to win, while Marquez is sitting at +220, according to Bovada.lv.
For most of those sharp bettors, the lean is currently on Pacquiao and it’s likely going to stay that way up until the fighters touch gloves and start the bout. Pac-Man has history on his side and a vendetta to settle in the fourth rendition of this historic rivalry. Dynamita may be able to keep it close, but that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
The two fought to a draw in their first bout, but the Filipino pugilist took the next two in a decision, and you can expect the result to be largely the same in this fight. Many expected the Mexican to win via the judges after the third match, but Pac-Man scored a victory on the cards.
If Dynamita couldn’t win that one, he’s never going to earn a victory against his nemesis. Pac-Man hasn’t been KO’d by his longtime rival yet, and that is too far fetched to happen on December 8.
Pacquiao is too offensive for the judges not to award him most of the rounds and Marquez’s counter-punching style will not be enough to score many rounds.
Which fighter is the smart money on?
Timothy Bradley may have beaten Pac-Man with a slow, defensive, counter-punching game plan, but almost every single person who witnessed the fight would disagree with the judges there.
Pacquiao isn’t going to get jobbed by the judges two fights in a row, and a fairly scored fight will result in a decision for the Philippines native. Marquez is going to put up a great fight, but he’s not worth risking a single dollar on to win.
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