Earlier this week a report surfaced that Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather had agreed to fight terms in what would be the most anticipated bout in recent memory. While the validity of that report has since been questioned, that hasn’t stopped fans, professionals, and Vegas from weighing in on the subject.
Amidst the massive hype and excitement for the potential mega fight, attention has turned to the betting side of things. On Thursday, Westgate Las Vegas Superbook released odds for the rumored fight between the retired and undefeated Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion McGregor. Given that the two would meet in the ring rather than the octagon, the results weren’t terribly surprising.
Westgate made Mayweather a massive favorite at -2500 while McGregor is a huge underdog at +1100.
Despite the odds, the smart move is to bet the house on Mayweather. There’s a reason he’s 49-0 in the ring. The guy has been boxing since he was a small child and even though McGregor is a phenomenal athlete, he’s not a boxer. He won’t be able to match Mayweather’s sheer quickness and hand speed. Think of it like taking the money line on a New England Patriots game this season. Sure, the risk/reward ratio was terrible, but it was one of the safer bets you could make.
However, McGregor has one thing going in his favor. The longer this process drags on, the better shot he may have. Mayweather will turn 40 later this month and although he hasn’t taken a lot of punishment in his career, Father Time catches up with everyone. Who knows, maybe The Notorious can catch him with a stray shot and finally put a blemish on Mayweather’s record.
Stay tuned for more details.