Bettors enticed by Marquez’s long odds

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Some interesting numbers in Saturday night's title fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (8 p.m. PT, HBO PPV). Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) opened as a -700 favorite versus Marquez (53-5-1, 39KOs) in what will be the third meeting between the two fighters. The first bout in 2004 ended in a draw; Pacquiao won the second fight in 2008 by split decision. Since the fight was first posted, the odds have … [Read more...]

Vegas hosts WBC Welterweight title fight


The MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas will be the venue for Saturday night’s WBC Welterweight title fight between defending champion Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Most sports books monitored by the SportsOptions odds product opened Mayweather as a $6.50 favorite (bet $6.50 to win $1.00), with Ortiz a $4.75 underdog (bet $1.00 to win $4.75). However, money has since arrived on Mayweather, moving the number to minus $7.50 in many books. One of the more … [Read more...]