Gamblers and boxing fans will have their eyes firmly entrenched on the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night when Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez face off in the fourth edition of their epic rivalry.
Rather than blindly plopping your money down on random props and hoping that the wagers placed pay out at the end of the night, there's plenty of boxing history between the two to pull from––and learn from––allowing educated wagers to be placed.
Let's embark on a quick refresher course in the history of Pacquiao vs. Marquez.
These Guys Love to Go the Distance
Each of their three previous bouts have gone the distance—36 rounds, to be exact.
While both fighters are intent on knocking the other one out, and ending the bout well before Round 12 comes to an end, there's little reason to believe that this one is going to end any differently than the previous three.
At the end of Round 12.
Bovada.lv has the over/under at 10.5 rounds. Take the over.
Don't Expect a Knockout
The last time Manny Pacquiao was knocked out was in 1999, when Medgoen Singsurat beat Pac-Man for the lineal flyweight title and handed him the second loss of his career.
Juan Manuel Marquez has never been knocked out in any of his previous 61 professional bouts.
Pacquiao dropped Marquez three times in their first fight and once again in the second, but Marquez got back up and fought back.
According to Bovada.lv, it's even money to bank on Pac-Man winning in a decision, plus-225 for him winning via KO, TKO or DQ.
For Marquez, it's plus-325 for a win by decision, plus-850 for a win via KO, TKO or DQ.
It all comes down to who you personally like to win it all, but banking on a knockout in this one is risky business.
Punch History in Each Fight
Some people like to get crazy and put money on punch-related props.
Here's how the CompuBox Punchstats looked for each of their previous three bouts, courtesy of BoxRec.com.
|Pacquiao vs. Marquez I|
|Pacquiao vs. Marquez II|
|Pacquiao vs. Marquez III|