Boxing Odds: Online Betting Predictions For Pacquiao vs. Bradley

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 1:45 PM GMT

Manny Pacquiao will allegedly walk away from the ring after the rubber match with Timothy Bradley on April 9th. Here we discuss why Pac Man is the sharp choice to back in your boxing picks.

History Proves It
On June 9th, 2012 Manny Pacquiao squared off against Timothy Bradley in defense of his WBO welterweight crown. It was a scintillating performance for Pacquiao and one in which punching statistics showed Pacquiao connecting on 253 punches versus only 159 for Bradley. Compubox had Pacquiao landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds and the Associated Press scored the fight 117-111 while ESPN and HBO’s unofficial judge Harold Lederman had it 119-109, all in favor of Pacquiao. However, the scorecards that mattered were the judge’s at ringside and when the verdict was announced it was Timothy Bradley winning by a highly controversial split decision.

The decision was derided by the boxing community at large and veteran promoter Bob Arum, who handled both boxers, had this to say, "I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight."

The rematch was a foregone conclusion and when the two tangled on April 12th, 2014 it was all Manny as it was in the first bout only this time the judges got it right. Pacquiao walked away with a unanimous decision and reclaimed his WBO welterweight belt. Ironically, some argued that Pacquiao won the initial fight more convincingly than the second but nonetheless, Pacquiao proved yet again that he was indeed the superior boxer.

 

Manny Locked and Loaded
Freddy Roach, Pacquiao’s seven-time Trainer of the Year, is demanding the full arsenal of blinding speed and ferocious power that Pacquiao demonstrated in his prime. Based on recent workouts, Pacquiao has harnessed both and is looking to go out with a bang, specifically a knockout of Bradley. While that would be the ideal endgame for Pac Man, it should be noted that his last finish came all the way back in 2009 when he TKO’ed Miguel Cotto in the final round of their scheduled 12-round affair.

Despite his futile efforts to catch Floyd Mayweather in their spectacularly disappointing and much hyped Fight of the Century, it should be noted that Mayweather failed to engage and spent much of the fight running and countering Pacquiao’s advances. Prior to that Pacquiao won unanimous decisions over Brandon Rios, the aforementioned Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri. Some would argue that Manny has honed his ring acumen and picks his spots with greater alacrity and precision. He is now a seasoned fighter and though he may not possess the pure physicality of his youth, he is equally as dangerous when he exploits his opponents’ weaknesses.

 

What Are the Odds?
As we peruse the boxing odds for this showdown we find that there is more betting value if you are inclined to back Pacquiao in your boxing picks. The oddsmakers opened this one at Pacquiao -260 but Bookmaker is hanging that number at Pacquiao -232 as of this writing. Though we often hesitate to lay north of -200, if there is an opportunity to cash we will take it.

This third and final match looks like it will be vintage Manny and if that is the case all we have to do is look back at his previous fights with Bradley and know the answer to the question which is, “who wins on April 9th?” It is said that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Let’s not ignore the fact that Pacquiao was dominant in both his previous bouts with Bradley and will be again.

Be sure to see who's who in the under card and grab some valuble picks before the main fight tonight and fatten your wallet.

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Free Boxing Pick: Manny Pacquiao -200
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