Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao takes on hard-hitting Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios tonight at the Venetian Resort and Hotel in Macao, China. The current market price on the Pacquiao is just over 1/5. SBR has populated this article with the best boxing betting odds on the match, as well as previewed the boxing action.
The much hyped tilt provides a prime opportunity for Pacquiao to bring his career back to life following his devastating knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez. He faces a much slower but dangerous slugger in Rios who while having a seven year age advantage figures to be much too unpolished to seriously threaten the Pacman. As such, online sportsbooks opened up Pacquiao as the 4 to 1 betting favorite in the bout, though this number has been driven up in the days leading up to tonight.
As for yesterday's weigh-in, Pacquiao came in at 145 lbs., two full lbs under the welterweight limit of 147. The congressman of the Sarangani district of the Philippines looked chiseled as a statue, whilst opponent Brandon Rios was less than a pound under the limit and looked somewhat flabby.
Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao comes in with a heavy heart as his beloved Philippines have been rocked by Typhoon Haiyan.
Currently available boxing betting odds on tonight's match: (these odds dynamically update)
Some facts bettors might consider before parting with their cash:
Pacquiao is coming off back to back losses (Bradley, Marquez). Rios is coming off a loss (Alvarado). Pacquiao last entered the squared circle in December 2012; Rios March 2013.
Despite the eleven month lapse in action for Pacquiao, head trainer Freddy Roach has indicated that the Filipino superstar will only endure a six week training camp for the match. It is being treated like any other fight despite how elevated the stakes are for Pacquiao — a loss could very well send the Filipino congressman into retirement. Brandon Rios meanwhile just tasted defeat for the first time in his professional career and looks to get his still young career back on track.
Also hanging in the balance for Pacquiao is the slight possibility of a showdown with undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather, a loss would derail the already slim chance the two ever get it on.
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