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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pacquiao 8-5 favorite against Clottey

Manny Pacquiao finds himself an overwhelming 8-5 favorite over Joshua Clottey less than a week before they face on the ring for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown.

The figures meant an $800 bet on the Pacman would only win $100, whereas a $100 bet on Clottey could earn as much as $500 in return.

This is the third straight time Pacquiao finds himself as the one favored to win, although it’s not as tremendous as the odds were in his fights against Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

The universally acknowledged pound-for-pound fighter in the world today was a 5-3 favorite when betting odds opened moments after the 12-round match was sealed in January.

Odds are also stacked in the champion’s favor on whether the fight will go beyond nine rounds or not.

The "Wont Go" for nine rounds proposition read at +140, meaning it might be over from rounds 1 to 8 while the "Will Go" beyond nine rounds side is at -180.

Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum, however, believes the figures will even out a bit better come fight time, with Pacquiao still favored to win.

"The proper odds on the fight are probably two and a half to one," he said.

Clottey, fighting the biggest bout of his career, is unmindful about what the odds say about his chances of pulling off perhaps one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

"I’m very, very 100 percent sure that I am the only one who can beat him (Pacquiao)," said the challenger from Ghana, whose entourage arrived in Texas on Sunday. – GMANews.TV


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