Manny Pacquiao remains a -250 moneyline favorite for the fourth installment of his battle with Juan Manuel Marquez.
And while Pacman owns two controversial decisions and a draw against Marquez, the argument can be made that he has never beaten Marquez. The boxing odds favor the Filipino champion again here.
Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) squares off against Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) Saturday. After three mammoth battles, boxing fans have a good idea of what to expect. Do bettors know what to expect?
ADVERTISEMENT: Pacman is a -280 favorite at Sportsbook, making Marquez a tempting +220 underdog. Watch for the Pacquiao Marquez odds to change right up to the Sportsbook bell.
The fighters have clashing styles and Pacquiao is coming off a disputed loss to Timothy Bradley. He surely has motivation to win here to keep alive the hopes of a huge payday in a fight against Floyd Mayweather, who continues to play hide-and-seek with Pacman. Presumably, he is waiting for Pacman to grow so old and tired that he can safely beat him.
Marquez will pay +220 or greater for the upset. He is good value at that price, according to many boxing handicappers.
Pacquiao dropped Marquez three times in the first round of their first fight in 2004. But Marquez survived, cleared his head and ended up outboxing and outmaneuvering Pacman. The scrap ended in a controversial draw, which set up the rest of the trilogy.
Four years later, Pacquiao was on top of boxing, arguably the sport’s pound-for-pound king but Marquez neutralized his power and fought smartly. Pacquiao won a split decision victory.
Last November, with Mayweather still dodging Pacquiao, they went at it again. Pacquiao was coming off devastating wins over bigger foes such as Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, and Antonio Margarito.
Marquez, 38, had lost against Floyd Mayweather and looked bad doing it.
Pacquiao won a majority decision last time out in November, but this was probably the most controversial of all the outcomes as Marquez summoned a terrific effort.