Manny Pacquiao is overwhelming favorite

10-1 odds for Pacquiao don’t bother Marquez


EXTRA FIRE World pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (left) carries extra fire into Saturday’s fight (Sunday in Manila) in Las Vegas with Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (right) who has been taunting his rival that he won both prior fights. The taunt has inspired “Pacman” to train like never before for the world welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. AFP; FRANCIS OCHOA

LAS VEGAS—The oddsmakers in this glitzy Nevada melting pot are making it very difficult for gamblers to put their money on Manny Pacquiao.

Bookmakers have installed the Filipino ring icon a 10-to-1 favorite to beat Mexican arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) at the MGM Grand here.

By late Wednesday evening, Pacquiao had peaked to a -1100 favorite—meaning, you’ll get only $100 on a bet of $1,100 if the Filipino wins—before stabilizing on Thursday at -1000 (your $1,000 wins $100).

The scheduled 12-round fight is for the pound-for-pound king’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.

Pacquiao had opened up as an 8-1 favorite in the third clash between two rivals, who have fought a pair of close and controversial matches.

“The odds are crazy,” said Top Rank chief and fight promoter Bob Arum, who earlier thought that Pacquiao had peaked as a 9-1 favorite.

“If you’re betting on values—and gamblers bet on values—what should be the odds based on ability?” Arum said. “Maybe 2 or 2 1/2 to 1 for Manny.”

He added: “9-1 is ridiculous.”

Betting on underdog

The way the numbers have been posted in sports cafes at both the MGM Grand and at Mandalay Bay, it doesn’t look like there’ll be lots of gambling money on Pacquiao.

“So now, if you’re betting on values, the bet to make is on Marquez,” Arum explained. “Gamblers don’t make a wise bet, they bet on values. So if you bet on Marquez, who should be a 2-1 underdog, and get 9-1 odds, then you’re getting values.”

Simply put, at the current rate, a gambler will have to shell out $1,000 to win $100.

Marquez has been posted a 7-1 underdog (+700). That means a $100 bet on the Mexican counterpuncher, if victorious, could bring in a profit of $700.

Odds don’t win fights

Marquez earlier said he wasn’t bothered by the overwhelming betting trend against him—and quite justifiably so.

“The odds won’t help me win a fight,” Marquez said. “People can bet how they want to be, but that won’t affect the fight.”

Even the knockout odds have suffered a relatively meaningful drop.

On Wednesday, there were clear chances to hit big on Pacquiao by betting on a Pacman KO victory in the first three rounds. The odds there were also 10-1, meaning a $100 bet would net a $1,000 profit if Pacquiao finished off Marquez within that stretch.

On Thursday, however, those odds fell to 8-to-1 in rounds one and two and 6-to-1 in round three.

A Marquez victory by knockout in any of the first five rounds, meanwhile, carries odds of 40-1. In fact, the odds are greater that the fight will end in a draw (22-1) than Marquez winning by knockout inside 10 rounds (at least 30-1).

Fight fever

As the hours ticked away, fight fever was galloping in Pacquiao’s homeland.

Filipino soldiers recuperating from battle wounds in main military hospitals will get to watch their idol fight for free.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it would telecast the bout live at the auditorium of AFP Medical Center (formerly V. Luna Hospital).

The Philippine Army also said screens would be set up at the Army General Hospital (formerly Fort Bonifacio General Hospital) Multipurpose Hall to allow soldiers confined there to watch the fight live.

The headquarters of the AFP, Army, Navy and Air Force have again opened their camps to provide free viewing of the match.

Replays for others

But soldiers on duty will have to settle for the replays of the fight as they were reminded to be vigilant in case lawless groups took advantage of the nation’s preoccupation with the bout.

“Even though there has been a low incidence of violence during Pacquiao’s fights in the past, we still have to be vigilant and maintain our strong coordination with the Philippine National Police to ensure peace and stability in the country,” said AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr.

The military also wished victory for its most famous reservist.

“We wish him all the best… Manny Pacquiao’s exemplary acts of audacity and boldness in the boxing ring will once again inspire our soldiers to perform their utmost best in winning the peace for the people in a different arena,” Oban said.

Promotion for Pacquiao

Upon the Army’s recommendation after Pacquiao’s victory over Shane Mosley in May, President Aquino in September gave Pacquiao the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army reserve force.

Some have questioned his promotion since Pacquiao did not meet the basic requirement of a college degree.

Pacquiao previously held the rank of senior master sergeant, which was the highest rank for a noncollege graduate.

The AFP said Pacquiao could be granted the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army reserve force since he was a congressman and since he had an honorary doctorate degree on humanities from Southwestern University in Cebu City.

Soldiers and families

At the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, the fight will be broadcast live for free at the gymnasium and grandstand.

The fight can also be viewed live in the Philippine Air Force Gymnasium inside Villamor Air Base, in the Philippine Army Officers Club House, Grandstand and Gymnasium inside Fort Bonifacio, and in the Philippine Navy Gymnasium at the Jose Andrada Naval Station.

The AFP has prepared for 2,000 viewers composed of military personnel, civilian personnel and their families at the Camp Aguinaldo grandstand.

The Navy and Air Force each expect 1,000 viewers while the Army has prepared its gym for 3,000 viewers and its grandstand for another 3,000 viewers.

Live viewing in Caloocan

Boxing fans in various parts of Metro Manila no longer need to worry about where to watch the bout for free.

In Caloocan City, residents can enjoy free live screening of the fight  in 14 locations on Sunday.

Among the designated Caloocan viewing sites are Victory Mall in Monumento; Barangay 144 covered court; Barangay 152 covered court; Barangay 163 Sta. Quiteria Elementary School; Barangay 166 Kaybiga covered court; Barangay 168 Deparo covered court; Barangay 171 Bagumbong High School; Barangay 174 Camarin High School; Barangay 176 Phase 1 covered court; Barangay 176 Phase 7 Pag-Asa Elementary School; Barangay 176 Phase 10 Indiana court; Barangay 178 Camarin Elementary School; Barangay 179 Amparo covered court and Barangay 187-188 Glorietta covered court.

Caloocan Mayor Enrico Echiverri said City Hall employees would give away free tickets to facilitate  orderly entrance of viewers to the venues and to avoid accidents.

Those who want to watch the fight should coordinate with their barangay officials so they could get tickets, he said.

Marikina’s offering

The Marikina City government is also offering free live telecasts starting 9 a.m. on Sunday in two different venues—the Marikina City Hall Freedom Park and the Parang Playground Basketball.

“We all know that Filipinos love boxing especially because Manny Pacquiao brings home the bacon in his every fight. We made this free broadcast so we and the residents can watch it together,” said Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman. With reports from Dona Z. Pazzibugan and Niña Calleja

World pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (left) carries extra fire into Saturday’s fight (Sunday in Manila) in Las Vegas with Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (right) who has been taunting his rival that he won both prior fights. The taunt has inspired “Pacman” to train like never before for the world welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. AFP; FRANCIS OCHOA

First posted 1:45 am | Saturday, November 12th, 2011

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  • Ruben

    Let’s not be surprised if Chavit Singson, the Mob Boss and gambling lord, bets against Pacquiao.

    • Bastonero

      Eh, ang gulang nyan, dati yatang Parak yan no? Double blade pa parang bayoneta ng Hapon……

  • Anonymous

    Watching this guy fight with Marquez is like watching a rerun on TV. When is he going to fight somebody his size ? Oh, I know, he just wants the money. 

    • Anonymous

      Someone smaller you mean?  Hatton was bigger,  De La Hoya was bigger,  Cotto was bigger. Mosely was 15 pounds heavier.   Why do you want him to fight someone that is smaller?

      • Vincent

        Baka gusto nya si CGMA?

    • Kakashi

      ask gayweather…

  • Anonymous

    Marquez cannot translate the odds into practical application which simply means, experts and fans are one in saying that he does not stand any chance of winning the fight against Manny. That odds from the worldwide perception is the real pulse of the predictable outcome. Marquez made that fight for money and not for winning.

  • prangka

    Manny let’s hope this is going to be your last fight. Otherwise, there will always be 1st time. 

  • Anonymous

    Inside the bag na yan Manny.  One thing also inside the bag, oras ipanalo mo yan, tiyak GENERAL kana sa AFP!

  • Anonymous

    Yung bang ‘timba’ boy ni Manny yung bang laging naka-Hawaian polo nakahanda na rin ba?

    • Bastonero

      Sobra ka naman, kasama, towel boy sya, promote mo naman konti…..

      • Anonymous

        Towel boy?  Aba akala ko kay Singson naka-toka yung e? Sorri Sir.

    • Anonymous

      Towel boy at timba boy lang kasama ni Pacman ngayon kasi yung cheerleader di makalabas ng pinas.

  • Anonymous

    Dakila ka ngang boksingero ngunit palpak ka naman sa kongreso.
    Isang kasakiman iyan kung pati larangan ng politika ay gusto mong pasukin.  Ngayon ano ba ang nagawa mo bilang mambabatas?  Sapat ba ang iyong nagampanang mga tungkulin para suklian ang boto na sa iyo’y ipinagkatiwala?

    • Anonymous

      Reply ko ito kay Johnllander: Papaano kasi palpak din ang mga bomoboto kaya palpak din ang ibinoboto. Sa totoo lang pinagtutounam ni Pacman ang mga nasasakupan nya sa Gen San at Saranggani, hindi mo lang nakikita dahil hindi ka taga doon….Marami syang proyekto para sa mga mahihirap doon sa kanila.

    • Anonymous

      hahaha..halatang hindi ka taga sarangani..dami na nagawa ni pacman sa distrito nya,..kaka approve lang ni pemoy sa district hospital na wala sa susunid hindi ibase sa newspaper ang commento..

    • Kakashi

      alam mo utoy d mo nmn close c pacman pr magsabi k ng ganyan against s kanya.gumawa k muna ng maganda s bayan at sbihn mo k pacman n mas magaling k.kung magsalita k akala mo kung cno k

  • Anonymous

    Sip sip itong AFP at si Pnoy..Nakikisakay lang sa popularidad ni Pacman…He he! ang gulang talaga ni Pnoy at mga KKK…

  • Angelito

    I agree. Di na dapat kumanta at mag pulitika si Pacman. Aanhin pa ba nya ang pera sandamukal na a. Yang makatulong kuno sa sambayanan. kalokohan yan, mangurakot lang ang tanging hangad ng bawat pulitiko sa bansang ito kahit itanong mo kay Enrile at Nene Pimentel na more than 40 yrs na sa pulitika. Mag retire na kau busog na busog na kau ah.

    Aminado naman ako, naiinggit ako kay Pakyaw kahit papaano he he. Isipin mo naman, kung bumili ng Ferrari na worth 13M e parang bumibili lang ng cellphone sa sidewalk ng Recto, saan ka pa.

  • franklyn flores

    Patay kang bata ka Marquez . Pisngi palang ni Pacman may abs na

  • Anonymous

    Punta tayo sa Las Vegas batukan natin yung mga congressman!

  • Anonymous

    Bet on Marquez and pray that Pacquiao will lost. You bet 1million, you win 10million.

  • Camillo

    It’s sad that millions of dollars will go to two men punching each other, while the planet is teeming with hungry, poor people.

  • kevin

    I just want El dinamita to explode his power against this pINOY bOXER pACMAN…..

    • Jaz

      And the “explosion” will be like this….puufffftttt….toink!..ha ha ha!

  • Jaz

    Sa lahat ng buntot ng buntot kay Pacquiao, si chavit singson lang ang nakakasuka.

    • chavit

      Anong nakakasuka?

      • Jaz

        ang pagmumukha.

  • Anonymous

    Naku Bong Revilla wala na ambition mo maging presidente. Tiyak tatalunin ka ni Pacquiao  lol wawang pilipinas. Kung tatakbong presidente si Pacman tiyak panalo yan sa dami ba naman polpol na bobotante sa pinas. Akala ang pinas is boxing ring na kayang i knock out ang mga problema ng bansa. Naka ilang araw lang ba nag wo work sa Kongresso si Pacman sa isang taon? tsk tsk paano naman ang taxpayers money nyan? Di pa ba sapat ang kita mo sa boxing?

  • Shai

    Manny… I hope this is your last fight…marami nang nagalit sa ‘yo..  money-wise hindi mo na kailangan ‘yan… concentrate on your job as congressman… don’t listen to gamblers like Singson…wala silang malasakit sa bayan…pera lang ang gusto nila …huwag kang maging katulad nila… OK?     

  • Jason

    This is all fundraising and in essence a simple rub out of the people. Pacquiao is 32 years old, Marquez is 38 years old. According to Pacquiao himself, age 32 is a twilight year for a boxer.

  • Anonymous

    Mayaman na naman si Aling Dionisia. Pagkatapos ng laban na to kamukha na nya si Jinky.

  • Jeth

    Galing talaga mag oto ni Arum. This is a one sided fight for Pacman. Pilit ni Arum sabihin na its not an easy fight for Pacman, its false. Batang maliit lang ang maniwala sa sinasabi ni Arum. Gusto nya lang kumita sa promotion nya. I wont buy this fight on PPV, I just watch it free online. 

  • aki_ni_barok

    Yan ang hirap sa ibang mga pinoy, pag gumawa ka ng mabuti at ikakarangal ng bansa, masama ka pa rin. Kaya tayo di umaasenso eh, wala tayong tiwala sa kapwa at hindi tayo nagkakaisa.

  • Anonymous

    It’s so strange that some of the kabayans here in Canada bet in favor of Marquez. Buti na lang di ako gambler.. kundi I’ll be a few more dollars richer.

  • Anonymous

    This is going to be a tough fight for Pacquiao. Watch it, it’s going to be a brutal fight.

  • livelyn T. Flores


  • livelyn T. Flores

    Congrats Manny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all filipinos are proud of you … napaiyak tlaga ako ng nakita ko sa news na umiiyak ang eldest son mo alam na nya kung paano mo pinaghirapan ang pera na kinita mo. kahit maraming mga negative comments pero para sa akin ikaw pa rin ang No. 1 sa boxing.

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