Since Juan Manuel Marquez ended Manny Pacquiao‘s night early back in December, hasn’t it seemed like boxing betting is a little slow? There is a slew of big names, but they are in matches with incredible lines that are practically un-bettable. At the end of March in Monaco, fast rising sluger Gennady Golovkin is a -5000 favorite over Nobuhiro Ishida. Tim Bradley, the man who defeated Manny Pacquiao in his last outing, is a -850 favorite over Ruslan Provodnikov and pound for pound darling Sergio Martinez returns to fight in his homeland of Argentina against Martin Murray as a -1000 favorite. But there are two big names boxing in April that are in more competitive matches worth watching before the Mayweather circus in May.
On April 13th in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nonito Donaire faces Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBO and WBA Bantamweight titles. Donaire is favored at -225 with the comeback on Rigondeaux at +175 at most of the books. Rigondeaux is a highly decorated Cuban amateur boxer (over 400 wins and 2 Olympic Gold medals) who has gone 11-0 as a professional since his defection. Donaire however, has been on a whole different level for many fights now, basically since his near beheading of Fernando Montiel in 2011, and he is expected to use his length and speed to manage the range on the Cuban and take him out. Rigondeaux will not be without some support however, as his skill set has had him at the top of the boxing game for a long time.
Mexican star Saul Alvarez had campaigned hard for the bout with Mayweather, and if all goes well he will meet Mayweather before the end of the year. Alvarez will come in for his April 20th match at San Antonio’s Alamo Dome against Austin Trout favored at -205 with Trout returning +165.
Alvarez, who is 40-0-1 and on the verge of superstardom, deserves credit for taking a fight with Austin Trout. Trout is an undefeated 26-0 and is coming off a big signature win over Miguel Cotto, who was expected to fight Alvarez after dispatching Trout. Well, that was not to be, as Trout outworked Cotto in their bout – taking out Alvarez would put Trout in the elite territory he wants to be. Both men represent each other’s stiffest test to date, and Trout at 27 years old is just entering his prime. This is one to keep an eye out on the underdog, Alvarez may not make that September date with Mayweather.