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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Manny Pacquiao opens as 4-1 favorite over Joshua Clottey

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Boxing Odds Examiner | John Chavez

It's the opening line for the March 13 fight which seems a little high in my estimation but it's relatively fair given both men's recent performances.

While Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey pits a prize-fighter in the "Pacman" who still has the ability to make the junior welterweight limit against "The Hitter" who struggles mightily to make the 147 pound weight class, the perceived "smaller" man will undoubtedly see most of the betting action up until the initial bell. While this fight would have been laughable had it been mentioned several years ago, the Filipino southpaw has proven his all-time great status in doing in what was perceived as the impossible by dethroning Oscar De la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and most recently Miguel Cotto.

He official line is as follows:

Welterweight 12 Rounds - Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas - HBO PPV

Manny Pacquiao -400
Joshua Clottey +280

As a fight picker I definitely see value on the table in the form of Joshua Clottey as his tight defense, quick hand release, and fast reflexes will allow him to be extremely competitive with the "Pacman". In essence, I don't see this as a 4-1 spread type of fight.

I believe the odds to be skewed based on both men's betting fan bases and the perception that Manny is currently unbeatable in the eyes of the boxing public.

It should be a close one either way and win, lose, or draw, I believe the African fighter will give a great account of himself showing that nobody should have made him such a wide underdog.

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