Pacquiao vs. Marquez Odds: Best Vegas Bets for Main Fight Card

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 7, 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 are squaring off this Saturday for the fourth showdown in the long-running rivalry between the two aging boxers.

It promises to be an excellent fight with a lot of intrigue, and one way to ensure that you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout the entire match is to get some action on it.

Of course, when we say action, we mean a wager.

Whether you're thinking about betting a buddy for a few bucks or putting down a lot more than that at a sportsbook, it’s always fun to gamble on a Pac-Man vs. Marquez megafight.

Let’s take a look at which way you should lean in order to get an edge and a leg up on winning a few coins on December 8.

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Money Line

Manny Pacquiao -280

Juan Manuel Marquez +220

While Dinamita is perhaps the greatest challenger that Pac-Man has had to his greatness, the Mexican has simply never been able to best his Filipino foe.

Ignoring the Timothy Bradley debacle (in which Pacquiao soundly dismantled the young pugilist, but lost in a decision by the judges), no fighter has come close to beating Manny since Erik Morales pulled it off back in 2005.

However, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. If you want to win money on this boxing fight, you need to go with the sure thing—Pacquiao.

In their three previous contests, Pac-Man drew with his opponent and then won via decision in the second and third fights.

We strongly expect this fight will come down to the judges once again, where Pac-Man’s aggressive style and strength will earn him more points and the W.

Total Rounds

Over 10½ -280

Under 10½ +220

Both fighters would love nothing more than to end this fight early and exit the ring with a KO victory, but it’s just not in the cards.

Not one of the three previous fights ended earlier, despite a number of knockdowns occurring.

In Marquez’s illustrious career, he’s never been defeated by KO, which makes it doubtful that it will happen now that he’s at the seasoned age of 39 and still not over the hill.

Pacquiao was beaten by KO back in 1999 by Medgoen Singsurat, but the Filipino has improved tremendously over the past 13 years and will not be flattened by a counter-puncher on Saturday.

The lock of the century is the over, so make your play on it and prepare to get paid.