Thu, Aug 24, 9:12am by Head Editor
Both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have landed in Las Vegas as the countdown to the most anticipated fight in history ticks down to just three days.
Most thought that we would never see the history-making fight, with UFC star McGregor crossing over to boxing to face Mayweather on Sunday afternoon at 2pm Australian east coast time.
The build-up to the “Super Fight” has been massive, with the fighters going on a 4-city media tour that included LA, Toronto, New York and London.
There was no doubt that McGregor took the points on the trash-talking front, but it’s a different story in the betting market, where the 5-division world champion American who will go in as a heavy favourite to take his career win-loss to 50 and O.
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Having opened at $1.15, “Money” is now out to $1.27, but will still be a long odds-on favourite when he enters the ring at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor, a 2-division UFC world champion, despite facing an American in America, will have the support of the crowd, and has had the support of the punters. “The Notorious One” has been backed in from $5.50 to $4 to win his first professional boxing match.
With not much value in the head to head market, the method of victory market has been a popular one for the blockbuster. The favoured option here is the American to win via KO or TKO, which will give you a return of $1.72.
That quote may be value given that McGregor has never stepped into the ring before, but if you believe the first man to hold two UFC belts simultaneously, Mayweather – who hasn’t fought since September 2015 – is passed his prime.
The Dubliner has predicted a knockout victory in four rounds, which is priced at $21, but Sportsbet are reporting that their biggest hold is on McGregor winning in the first round, which is also at the mark of $21.
Speaking of holds, according to several Las Vegas sports books, if McGregor wins, it will be the biggest loss on a sporting event in history.
The best backed method of victory in favour of the Irishman is KO or TKO, which is at $4.25, while the favoured option in Round Betting is Mayweather in rounds 3 to 7, which will all give you a collect of $14.
Plenty has been said about the age-difference, Mayweather is 40, while his opponent is 29, but we can’t go past “Money’s” record of 49 and 0. While a McGregor win would be a remarkable achievement, we’ve gone with our head and not our heart, and taken Mayweather to win via points or decision at $3.75.
When Boxing’s best meets UFC’s best, the contest will be over 12 rounds, at the weight of 69 kilograms, in 8-ounce or 226 gram gloves.
Suggested Bet: Mayweather to win via Points or Decision: $3.75
Head to Head
Floyd Mayweather Jr $1.27
Conor McGregor $4
Method of Victory
Mayweather Jr Points or Decision $3.75
McGregor Points or Decision $21
Mayweather Jr KO/TKO $1.72
McGregor KO/TKO $4.25
*KO/TKO option includes disqualification (DSQ) and retirement (RTD).
Mayweather Jr Rounds 3-7 $14
Mayweather Jr Rounds 2, 8, 9, 10 $17
Mayweather Jr Round 11 $19
McGregor Rounds 1 -4 $21
Mayweather Jr Round 1 $21
Mayweather Jr Round 12 $26
McGregor Round 5 $31
McGregor Round 6 $36
McGregor Round 7 $51
*If the contest goes to the scorecards then all round bets will be deemed losers.
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