This Saturday night, future Hall of Fame fighter Manny Pacquiao competes in what he says is his final professional fight when he takes on rival Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao vs. Bradley III is live on HBO PPV this Saturday, April 9 with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET.
Here are the current fight odds courtesy of OddsShark, as of Wednesday afternoon:
Manny Pacquiao -225
Timothy Bradley +175
The legend Pacquiao is the favorite here, but those are insanely close odds for him. In his last fight he was the underdog to Floyd Mayweather, but setting that aside, Pacquiao has rarely seen himself as this small a favorite during his career. He was at roughly these odds in the 4th Juan Manuel Marquez fight (a fight that ended in a Pacquiao KO loss), and before that you have to go all the way back to Ricky Hatton in 2009 for similar Pacquiao odds.
For the first two Bradley fights, the odds closed at -450 for Pacquiao, +330 for Bradley for fight #1, and -280 Pacquiao, +240 Bradley for fight #2. Most consider Pacquiao the winner of both of those fights, yet between his age, his loss to Mayweather, and Bradley's record, the odds have moved much closer here.
For a big time boxing fight, the odds usually aren't this good. If you feel confident in a Pacquiao win, as many do, this is a good chance to place a bet. And if you're a Bradley fan, his return is decent as well.
Verdict: Worth a bet for either man
Here are the rest of the odds for the PPV card:
Manny Perez +600
Jose Ramirez -1000
Evgeny Gradovich +600
Oscar Valdez -1000
Arthur Abraham +180
Gilberto Ramirez -230
Best odds for placing a bet there are on Gradovich, who I am frankly stunned to see as such a massive underdog. I certainly get why Valdez is the favorite, but that's a winnable for for Gradovich, and at +600, a bet on him is pretty tempting.
Verdict: Take a shot on Gradovich
Finally, also taking place this weekend is the Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin Heavyweight title fight. Challenger Joshua is the favorite at -500 to Martin's +350.