An explosive night of boxing to savour
Fight fans are in for an action packed night on Saturday with two massive bouts taking place. First up David Haye defends his WBA heavyweight title against Audley Harrison in a showdown dubbed “Best of Enemies” in Manchester, then Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao will contest the vacant WBC light middleweight title with Antonio Margarito in Texas and both offer plenty of boxing betting opportunities.
While many may have been calling on Haye to take on either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko and crying out for Pacquiao to face Floyd Mayweather, interesting sub-plots have developed in both bouts and this is what has really grabbed the attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
Former friends Haye and Harrison have weighed in with some serious ‘trash-talk’ ahead of the encounter.
The fall-out stems from a time when Harrison handed Haye a place on his undercard, and at a later date Haye failed to repay the favour.
Haye has promised to “put an end to the joke that is the Audley Harrison show”, while Harrison is keen to fulfil his “destiny” and become a world champion, in what is surely his last chance.
Margarito was hit by controversy following his defeat to Shane Mosley in January 2009. The former WBO, IBF and WBA champion was found to have gloves that had been tampered with and was banned from fighting in the United States for a year, indeed Texas is the only state he can fight in.
In contrast, Pacquiao is seen as a true peoples’ champion and is greeted by hordes of fans wherever he goes, while some have questioned why Margarito has been allowed to take a shot at the WBC title after the controversy that has marred his career.
Pacquaio and Haye are the heavy favourites in the boxing free betting odds with most pundits, but some have tipped the underdogs in both fights as for both Harrison and Margarito it could well be their last chance.
However, as interesting as these various sub-plots are, what happens in the ring is what will count and both Haye and Pacquiao are proven champions who should both emerge victorious.