Pound-for-pound boxing kingpin Manny Pacquiao is back in action this weekend (June 9, 2012), taking on premiere junior welterweight Timothy Bradley for the former's WBO welterweight (147-pound) title live on pay-per-view (PPV) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While the undefeated Bradley is widely-regarded as one of the top fighters on the planet, Pacquiao has looked all but invincible against everyone not named Juan Manuel Marquez. That, coupled with his significant international appeal, and it's safe to say that he'll be the crowd favorite come Saturday night.
And "Pac Man" will be the betting favorite, too.
While not nearly as skewed as some of his recent efforts, Pacquiao is still a prohibitive favorite, sitting at -450 to Bradley's +325 underdog on Bovada.lv. The over/under is 9.5 rounds at -280 and +190, respectively.
If I was certain there would be no judging shenanigans, I'd recommend putting a small amount on Bradley, though I'd wait and see if money started coming in on Pacquiao as the fight approached. I believe that his inside work, combined with the myriad shenanigans surrounding the Filipino icon, will be enough for him to deserve a decision nod.
Sadly, some judges are nincompoops and never more so than when a profitable fighter is involved.
The best bet here under realistic circumstances is most likely putting down money that it will go past 9.5 rounds, but I honestly think you should just leave this fight be. If you have a compulsive need to bet on a winner, put your money on Pacquiao and do it quick before the money comes in on him.
Then again, that's just one boxing fan's opinion and you should never bet what you can't afford to lose.
For those of you who will be following along on Saturday night, MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow fight coverage of this weekend's boxing bonanza, starting with the HBO PPV broadcast at 9:00 ET on June 9.