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Heavy action on Juan Manuel Marquez hours before fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao

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The line on Juan Manuel Marquez (above), who opened as a 3-to-1 underdog, have moved closer to even odds as Saturday's fight draws near. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

The line on Juan Manuel Marquez, who opened as a 3-to-1 underdog, have moved closer to even odds the fight draws near. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS — The shifting odds at the MGM Grand sports book hours before Saturday’s fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are reflecting a rush of action on the underdog.

Marquez started as a +300 longshot when betting opened on Sept. 19, meaning a $100 wager returns $300 in winnings. Those odds had been slashed to +260 by Friday afternoon, after the bulk of Marquez fans arrived and created a vocal presence at the weigh-ins.

Yet the line on a Marquez victory was down to +175 as of 1:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, approximately seven hours before the non-title fight (9 pm. ET, HBO PPV, $59.99).

Pacquiao, who opened as a -400 favorite (meaning a $400 bet returns $100 in winnings), had fallen to -370 on Friday. Those odds had been slashed to -220 by Saturday afternoon.

Experts’ predictions on Pacquiao-Marquez IV

Marquez was a far more lopsided underdog — opening at +500 — for his third fight with Pacquiao in November 2011.

That fight ended in a controversial majority decision for the Filipino, with a majority of the media at ringside scoring it a draw or a narrow victory for the Mexican. The announcement of that outcome by Michael Buffer prompted a cascade of boos from the heavily pro-Marquez crowd, many of whom hurled bottles and cans toward the ring.

– Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Dec 08, 2012
  • 5 comments
    stabmasterarson21
    stabmasterarson21

    They knew he roided up so put the money on Marquez, not surprised!

    nakerima
    nakerima

    @Marquez body fully sculpted.  What about inside his system that enhanced his super strength just like those who won world cycling tour?  Immediate investigation has to be done now with Marquez.