MANILA, Philippines - If Juan Manuel Marquez thinks that three close fights with Manny Pacquiao could earn him the nod of the oddsmakers he better think again.
The betting odds for the fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez are out, and the great Filipino boxer is out of the starting gates at -400.
This means that Pacquiao remains as the favorite in his never-ending rivalry against Marquez, who was listed initially at +300 in the fight line provided by American pubicist Fred Sternburg yesterday.
In layman’s terms, you need to put in $400 just to win $100 if you’re for Pacquiao. On the other hand, a wager of $100 wins $300 if you’re for Marquez.
When they met for the third time, then supposed to be the last one, last November, Pacquiao started out at -700 but went to as high as -900 and even higher.
Marquez was at +500 close to the fight, and if you’d base your thoughts on the odds, the only way the Mexican could win is if Pacquiao didn’t show up at the MGM Grand.
But Marquez, now 39 and almost six years older than Pacquiao, proved a lot of people wrong. He gave the world one hell of a fight, and many thought he won the fight.
Pacquiao and Marquez were in New York yesterday for the press tour, and by the end of the week they head separate ways, straight to their respective training quarters.
The next time they will meet is perhaps on the week of the fight, in cold December in glittery Vegas.
Marquez is once again out to prove these people wrong.