Now that the highly anticipated showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto has come and gone, boxing fans can give their undivided attention to the looming June 9 battle between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
Much as was the case with Mayweather, Pacquiao heads into his fight as an undisputed favorite. Here is how Bovada has the odds for this bout listed: Pacquiao -450 Bradley +325. Obviously it depends on how you foresee this fight going, but those odds actually seem pretty generous to Bradley. While he’s admittedly more athletic than anyone that the Filipino champion has faced in recent memory, he has a weak jaw and zero in the way of knockout power.
And speaking of knockout power, the over/under on rounds for this match -- as listed by Bovada -- is 9.5.
We noted that Bradley isn’t exactly a huge knockout threat coming into this thing, but it deserves mentioning that Pacquiao hasn’t actually knocked anyone out since 2009 either. Realizing this, some oddsmakers (Ladbrokes.com) have Pacquiao winning via decision at even money. Here is how the rest of the round-by-round breakdown looks:
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 1: 33/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 2: 28/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 3: 25/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 4: 22/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 5: 20/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 6: 18/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 7: 16/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 8: 16/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 9: 16/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 10: 16/1
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 11: 18/11
Manny Pacquiao Winning in Round 12: 20/1
Interestingly enough, those odds have remained unchanged since the fight was initially announced earlier in the year. Some figured that murmurs regarding Pacquiao’s training not being where it needed to be at this point would hurt the champ’s stock; clearly that’s not the case.
Now that the media doesn’t have Mayweather to serve as a distraction, the focus will shift entirely onto Manny. And once the media shifts its focus in that direction, all of the little issues and problems that Pacquiao has been getting away with up to this point will get magnified and overblown to the max degree.
We’ll see if the odds change up a bit when that starts happening.