On Saturday night, WBO welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley will put his unbeaten record of 30-0 (12 KOs) on the line against four-time champion and certain future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez 55-6 (44 KOs).
This fight is coming on the heels of the Sept. 14 mega showdown that saw Floyd "Money" Mayweather thoroughly dominate Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. According to Bob Arum (founder and CEO of Top Rank):
"The event [Bradley/Marquez] will do between 350K and 450K pay-per-view buys. If the bout does 350K it will be a successful event."
In mid-August, Jeff Sherman, assistant race and sports book manager at The Las Vegas Hotel, posted the opening line on Marquez (who turned 40 on Aug. 23) at minus-145 and the champion Bradley at plus-125. The total rounds was set at 9.5, with the over minus-310 and under plus-260. Overseas, the line was posted higher with Marquez at minus-220 and Bradley plus-180, and the over/under mirrored that of the LVH.
Bettors are likely to still have fresh in their minds the brutal sixth-round one-punch knockout Marquez had over archrival Manny Pacquiao last December. However, they also should recall the brutal beating Bradley took from Ruslan Provodnikov last March -- a fight in which Bradley was concussed in the second round and onward and was officially knocked down one time in Round 12. He actually first hit the canvas in Round 1, though it was called a slip by referee Pat Russell. Bradley showed stamina and grit and held on to his WBO welterweight title.
Let's take a look at where the money is going in Vegas, my best bets for the fight and a couple of proposition wagers.