With the fight officially announced today in Los Angeles, the first lines are up for the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas, with the MGM Grand putting Pacquiao as a slight favorite to regain his WBO welterweight title from the man who controversially lifted it from him in 2012.
"Based on the results of their first fight and considering Bradley's recent success against (Juan Manuel) Marquez and (Ruslan) Provodnikov, this fight's price will be much closer than the first time," said Jay Rood, Vice President of Race & Sports for MGM Resorts International.
"Our opening number is Pacquiao -180 and +160 for Bradley which means Manny is slightly less than a 2-to-1 favorite. This line may in fact move up and down with most of our action picking up during fight week in April."
Promoter Bob Arum was pleased that the odds are close, and predicts heavy action in Vegas.
"At long last a competitive super fight," said Arum, who has played his role in making many of the non-competitive "super fights" in recent years. "I am sure the sports books in Las Vegas are gearing up for huge two-way action."
If you were plunking down $100, who would you go with? Does the younger, potentially fresher Bradley have the edge this time, or will Manny right the wrong, so to speak, from 2012? Can Pacquiao fight better than he did the first time? Will Bradley fight better than he did the first time? Does the potential for another judging controversy -- or even a "make-up call" -- dissuade you from the idea of betting on this fight at all?