If you’re an old-school boxing fan like me, then you’re likely longing for years gone by when Hall of Fame caliber fighters routinely fought each other – and routinely fought anyone or that matter.
While the days of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya are now, long gone, that doesn’t mean that boxing fans and pugilistic betting buffs can’t both enjoy – and profit – from today’s often less-than-stellar, pairings.
This look at a trio of upcoming bouts will help boxing bettors cash in with winning wagers as two of these three fights look like absolute locks. Let’s get started.
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – Super Middleweight
Brian Vera +800
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr -1200
Analysis: Julio Cesar Chaver Jr. (46-1-1) clearly isn’t the same caliber fighter that his beloved dad was. Having said that, he is still a very talented fighter that s going to win this fight going away, especially after losing his last bout to Sergio Martinez almost one year ago exactly.
Brian Vera (23-6) has won four straight fights, but that streak is coming to an abrupt end in this one, mostly because he’s a journeyman being served up for an even bigger payday for Chavez Jr.
The Pick: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by 9th round KO
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – Welterweight
Timothy Bradley +120
Juan Manuel Marquez -150
Over 9.5 -325
Under 9.5 +250
Analysis: Timothy Bradley (30-0) is a gifted – and still undefeated – boxer that has beaten the like of Manny Pacquiao among others. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1) has won two straight, including his stunning sixth round KO of Manny Pacquiao in August of last year. This matchup is a battle of two very different fighters with Bradley being a lot more athletic and faster than Marquez who likes to wear down opponents before chopping them down altogether.
Still, I like the underdog Bradley to win this fight and genuinely believe he should probably be the slight favorite in this one. I expect this fight to turn out very similar to Marquez’ 2009 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the sense that Bradley is too fast and too skilled to get knocked out like Pacquiao did. Marquez has never been stopped inside the right, leading me to believe Bradley will win this one on points.
The Pick: Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 – Welterweight Game
Brandon Rios +325
Manny Pacquiao -425
Over 8.5 -325
Under 8.5 -125
Analysis: I have no idea why Manny Pacquiao is fighting such a dangerous fighter like Brandon Rios (31-1-1), but I say it’s not the smartest move in the world. Nevertheless, there’s no way the Pac-man loses this fight, mostly because he’s got one last mega-fight deal left in his again body and losing another fight means that will never happen. It could be me, but I believe many boxing enthusiasts still want to see Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. and winning this fight is step No. 1 toward making that happen. Manny Pacquiao either gets beaten into submission and out of boxing altogether or he breaks his two-fight losing streak against a talented young fighter that will be able to bounce back from a loss quickly.
The Pick: Take Manny Pacquiao to win via decision – and then pray like hell!