Pacquiao vs. Marquez Odds: Smart Bets for Every Matchup

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  (L-R) Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez stand onstage to face the media cameras during the Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 17, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will square off for the fourth time Saturday night, but they won't be the only fighters competing for boxing fans around the world to watch.

On top of the main event, three intriguing undercard fights are on the table. That makes for a long night of boxing, as fans eagerly await the night's blockbuster bout. Don't miss the other fights, though, because two major belts will be on the line.

People will look to make some extra cash on Saturday's main event, as well as the other fights. That means you must be able to make the right decisions as to where you place your bets.

Let's pick winners in the undercard fights and take a look at the main event in more detail.

*Pacquiao-Marquez odds, courtesy of Bovada


Patrick Hyland (27-0-0, 12 KO) vs. Javier Fortuna (20-0-1, 15 KO)

Fortuna and Hyland are fighting for the interim WBA featherweight title here, but this one shouldn't be close.

Fortuna already has a few quality wins to his credit, including a knockout over Cristobal Cruz, despite being just 22 years old. Hyland doesn't have a strong resume, even if being undefeated always looks great on paper.

Talent wins out here: Hyland is a bit more experienced, but he can't stick with Fortuna's quick hands. Fortuna will win his first major title Saturday night.

Winner: Fortuna


Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO) vs. Miguel Vasquez (32-3-0, 13 KO)

Vasquez will defend his IBF flyweight title versus Gesta, and this is one you will want to watch. If you watch the undercard for no other reason, watch this fight.

Gesta is a completely unknown commodity, but he has shown flashes of power throughout his career. If you can't tell by the records though, Vasquez is much more experienced in the ring, and he's the titleholder for a reason.

Vasquez is extremely technical in his approach, and that will eventually earn him the victory, but it won't be easy. Gesta is going to give him everything that he can handle before eventually wearing down in the later rounds.

Winner: Vasquez


Michael Farenas (34-3-4, 26 KO) vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0-0, 16 KO)

Farenas has his share of knockouts, but he hasn't really beat anyone worth noting. That's why Gamboa is going to show him the door quickly.

Gamboa is a former featherweight titleholder, and he will be eager to prove himself here. He can win the interim WBA Super Featherweight title, and you can bet that he will have that in mind.

If you like to watch slick boxers with devastating power, don't miss this one. Gamboa could end this one early if Farenas makes one costly mistake, and I think that he will.

Winner: Gamboa


Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO)

Odds: Pacquiao (-280), Marquez (+220)

Over/Under (10.5 rounds): -280 (over), +190 (under)

This is going to be another close fight between these two legendary fighters. In the end though, I like Marquez to get the job done on his fourth try.

Marquez must jump out to a fast start unlike the last time these two met. His counter-punching ability is his main advantage, and he can use Pacquiao's early aggression against him.

Marquez can't feel good about how the last three ended. He could have won at least one of those bouts, but the judges took things in a different direction. Expect him to use that energy to win this one.

Pacquiao has slowed down a bit. Most seem to think that he deserved the win over Timothy Bradley in his last match, but he definitely wasn't the same fighter either way. His endurance has faded, and his defense seems to be getting worse and worse.

Marquez wins in 12 rounds, killing any chance at a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. match.

Winner: Marquez in 12