MANILA, Philippines - A veteran sports analyst believes boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has the clear advantage against Mexican challenger Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth fight.
Gambler's odds, however, seem to tell a different tale.
Veteran sportswriter Al Mendoza said Pacquiao is now a 2-1 favorite in the fight, which means that a 2-peso bet on Pacquiao will only get 1-peso in return if he wins.
"The odds are close because people are saying that Marquez has bulked up and has gotten faster. He really conditioned himself for this fight and that makes him faster," he said in a radio dzMM interview.
Mendoza said Marquez's age seems to belie reports that the Mexican is now quicker on his feet. Marquez is 39 while Pacquiao is 33.
"Remember, (Muhammad) Ali was 33 when he kocked down Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila," Mendoza said.
He also said there is undue pressure on Pacquiao after his controversial victory over Marquez in their 3rd bout. The score between the 2 boxers is now 2 wins for Pacquiao and a draw.
The sportswriter said Marquez has no reason to declare victory in their 3rd bout because he wasn't even aggressive.
"Not even drinking his own piss made him win," he said, referring to Marquez.