Pacquiao a close 2-1 favorite vs Bradley

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 10 2014 08:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2014 06:47 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Top Rank CEO Bob Arum personally announced the current odds for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch this weekend.

"This fight the line is under 2-1 with Manny the favorite,” said Arum. “It's a competitive match no argument about it."

Pacquiao is currently at -250, while Bradley is at +200. This means: placing a bet of $250 for the Pacman will win $100, while a $100 bet on Bradley will win $200 -- quite a difference compared to Pacquiao's previous fight in 2012, in which Pacquiao was at – 450, while Bradley was at +325.

Although Bradley holds the WBO welterweight world championship belt, he remains the underdog of this fight.

"I'm going for Pacquiao. Bradley got me on the last time so I'm going for redemption too," said one Pacquiao fan.

For his part, the Filipino boxer said he is not thinking about the odds. "Okay naman, I'm not thinking about that, I'm thinking on how to win convincingly," said Pacquiao.

"He (Bradley) better train well because Manny is ready to go," warned coach Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao has been fighting in Las Vegas for over a decade now. Those fights did not only earn the Pacman millions of dollars, but casino establishments as well -- an indication that Pacquiao's fights contribute to the economic growth of Nevada.

In a message sent to ABS-CBN, US Senate majority floor leader Harry Reid said Pacquiao is a major player in the Silver State's economy.

"Manny is really a boom to the economy, they love him to fight in Vegas and, of course, in Macau. They can't wait for him to come back," said the senator.

The Pacman's fans are also expecting a victorious comeback.