LAS VEGAS – Odds in this gambling capital continue to heavily favor Manny Pacquiao days before he squares off with Tim Bradley on Sunday (Manila time) for the welterweight championship of the world.
By the time the champion arrived here Monday night, he was already installed an overwhelming 4-1 favorite to retain his 147-lb. title. Pacquiao was initially a 3-1 bet to win when the fight was first announced in February.
The champion is now a -480 favorite, meaning a $100 bet will only yield a dividend of between $18 and $20, while the challenger is a +360 underdog.
Gamblers are also putting their money on the bet that the 12-round fight will only last at least six rounds. A proposition that it will go six full rounds is -750, while proposition that it won’t go six full rounds is at +400.
Odds on a Pacquiao knockout win stands at even, while a decision for the Filipino boxing icon is -160. Bradley is given 6-1 odds to score a knockout, and 5-1 by decision.
A 12-round draw nets 26-1 odds.