Floyd Mayweather Opens as Heavy Betting Favorite Over Conor McGregor

June 15, 2017

The news broke on Wednesday that a boxing bout between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC champion Conor McGregor had been finalized for Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. Yahoo Sport’s Kevin Iole first broke the news of the blockbuster match-up, and both fighters later confirmed its signing via social media.

Unbeaten Mayweather is one of the greatest pugilists of our time. He’s amassed a 49-0 record since debuting as a professional in October 1996. McGregor is 0-0 in boxing, but the Irishman’s boxing record isn’t what made him a household name. He’s 21-3 in mixed martial arts and is the only fighter in UFC history to hold two divisional titles at the same time.

Conor McGregorMcGregor is 12 years younger than Mayweather with a height and reach advantage and has knockout power. McGregor will be the bigger fighter when they enter the ring, but will all those attributes equate to a win? Oddsmakers don’t think so.

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The opening odds for the fight have Mayweather as the heavy favorite. Las Vegas oddsmakers list Mayweather a -1200 favorite and McGregor a +700 underdog. That means you’d have to bet $1200 on Mayweather to win $100 if he wins. If you bet $100 on McGregor and he wins, you would win $700.

That line may move as the pay-per-view event gets closer and money starts coming in heavily on the bout.

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  • MikeMcK

    It’s really surprising how close the odds makers have it. They must believe that there’s a lot of people who will drop a lot down on Connor.

    • Murdock

      It’s really not surprising at all.

  • TheCerealKiller

    I will bet, that very few people actually bet on the match. The risk/reward isn’t there to bet on Floyd or Conor. I’m not a betting because I don’t have money to burn, but I have a question if anyone knows anything about this. What stops Floyd from giving huge amounts of money to a private investor, who then passes it down through many people to make a bunch of small investors that then bet on Conor for him and he takes a dive? 7 to 1 payout is a lot of money!

    • Johnny Bigrig

      He’s making $100 million for the fight, and probably more.. and you think he’s going to risk his career and ruin his perfect record to make, what, 1-2 million tops, by betting on himself to lose and throwing? I hope you realize how stupid your post was.

      • TheCerealKiller

        $100,000,000 bet turns into $700,000,000. Floyd’s entire net worth right now is 650 million. Follow the money, stupid. I simply asked if there is anything that stops him from doing it. I think the thought of being a 40 year old billionaire is more important to him.

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  • macarrech

    What a surprise

  • Johnny Bigrig

    What happened to all those oddsmakers that said they’d make Mayweather a -3600?

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