Bernard Hopkins is a mild underdog on the betting lines for tomorrow's bout with Jean Pascal. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Our final look into this weekend's boxing odds focuses on the biggest fight on the Saturday schedule, between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and former champ, living legend Bernard Hopkins.
The two went to a draw in December in Quebec City, and the rematch is again on Pascal's turf, this time in Montreal. The 46-year-old Hopkins seems to be the favorite of most pundits and boxing writers, perhaps in large part thanks to his second-half rally against Pascal in the first bout, when Pascal looked sometimes overwhelmed, and sometimes like he didn't even belong in the ring with Hopkins. Many felt Bernard won the first fight, but it was close no matter how you slice it.
This time around, oddsmakers have the fight just about even:
Depending on how you like to bet and your confidence level in your pick, lines like this can either be off-putting or a field day. You can't make a huge killing for a small amount, but if you're absolutely certain about Pascal or Hopkins tomorrow night, it's a different attitude. Personally I don't think there is a certain pick here -- Pascal is no Einstein in the ring, which Hopkins is, but Bernard's also 46 and had to lay it all out there last time just to make it a close fight. Has Pascal learned enough about himself and about Bernard? Is Hopkins just always going to be too smart and too good?