The boxing betting world has been begging for a Manny and Floyd fight, but we all know that that’s probably not going to happen because neither living legend wants the fight bad enough. Instead, Manny will challenge Timothy Bradley in a rematch of their 2012 bout while Money Mayweather will take on Marcos Maidana in May. Here’s a quick preview of both fights along with some boxing betting free picks.
Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley and Juan Marquez have been involved in this weird three way dance over the last two years that has left me absolutely dizzy. Pacquiao has lost to both of those men, Bradley owns questionable spit decisions against each of them and Marquez literally can’t catch a break. Though the sport of boxing is doing an awful job of building up the drama between the three of them, all of them are profiting by fighting each other in this absurd ménage. So how do you make money on their fights?
Bradley’s odds in this boxing betting bonanza are very tempting, especially when it feels like the judges are always on his side, but I’m not ready to close the book on Manny just yet. He may be 35 years old, and in the midst of a 1-2 SU run in his last three fights, but I think that he’s ready to prove his haters wrong. Bradley has been escaping fights with the skin of his teeth and while he’s an exceptional boxer in his own right, he won’t be ready for a vindictive Pacquiao. Either way, this will be a boxing betting brawl that you don’t want to miss and the tight odds on the fight make either fighter a strong bet.
I simply prefer Pacquiao which is why my money is on Manny.
One of the most difficult things about boxing betting these days is how screwed up the match-making is. I mean, Floyd gets to hand pick his opponents. Do you really think he’s going to ever jeopardize his undefeated streak? We can talk about how messed up the UFC is when it comes to testosterone replacement therapy, but there’s still something authentic about a championship match. Every fight that Floyd is in just seems like a waste of time.
Sure, his last fight against El Canelo was engaging for the first handful of rounds but after a while you could just tell that Mayweather was going to grind out a 12 round decision. It was still entertaining, but the stark control that Money has over his brand and career make it hard to leverage any boxing betting free picks against him.
The guy doesn’t lose because he constantly sets himself up for success. The thirty-year old Marco Maidana is a great fighter and at 35-3 SU he’s a worthy challenger to Mayweather. But Floyd would never knowingly put himself in the ring with someone who could endanger his legacy. So you can feel free to throw some loose change at the underdog in this fight, but we all know Floyd is going to win.
Thankfully, even though we know how this is going to end, the fight itself is going to be wildly entertaining because what Mayweather fights lack in drama and uncertainty, they make up for it by being awesome displays of technical superiority. At the very least, this is a boxing betting pick I can lock in without worry which is as free as money gets these days.