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Mayweather changes his tune, tells ESPN McGregor has a chance

Thu, Aug 10, 4:42pm by Staff Writer

After a four-stop press tour, in which he spent most of his time telling Conor McGregor that he had no chance, former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather told ESPN on Tuesday, that his rival has the edge on paper.

The startling omission came in an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, and the man who’s won all 49 of his professional fights said “when you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom. He’s a lot younger, so youth is on his side.

“And I’ve been off a couple of years. And I’m in my 40s. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”

The American has not fought since his one-sided unanimous decision over Andre Berto in September 2015, which improved his record to 49-0, but McGregor will be making his professional boxing debut in this bout.

McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, has created a few pieces of history in his MMA career, including ending Jose Aldo’s unbeaten streak after just 13 seconds, which gave him the featherweight belt.

He then beat Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title and become the first man to ever hold UFC belts in two different weight classes at the same time.

Despite “The Notorious One’s” impressive Resume, some pundits have not taken Mayweather for his word, and all he is doing is trying to create an impression of parity to help sell pay per views.

The impression of parity is not reflected in the betting market, with Sportsbet still listing Mayweather as a heavy favourite at $1.20, with the Irishman out of $4.75. Those odds seem to have settled at around these figures.

Whatever happens on August 27, according to Mayweather, both fighters will be winners, and it’s hard to argue with that, given that the history making event is set to top the $1 billion mark.

Sportsbet Markets

Head to Head

Floyd Mayweather Junior $1.20

Conor McGregor $4.75

Method of Victory

Mayweather Jr Points or Decision $3.50

Draw $34

McGregor Points or Decision $26

Mayweather Jr KO/TK0 $1.72

McGregor KO/TKO $5

*KO/TKO option includes disqualification (DSQ) and retirement (RTD).

Round Betting

Mayweather Jr Round 1 $26

McGregor Round 1 $26

Mayweather Jr Round 2 $21

McGregor Round 2 $26

Mayweather Jr Round 3 $19

McGregor Round 3 $26

Mayweather Jr Round 4 $15

McGregor Round 4 $26

Mayweather Jr Round 5 $15

McGregor Round 5 $31

Mayweather Jr Round 6 $13

McGregor Round 6 $36

Mayweather Jr Round 7 $13

McGregor Round 7 $36

Mayweather Jr Round 8 $13

McGregor Round 8 $41

Mayweather Jr Round 9 $14

McGregor Round 9 $46

Mayweather Jr Round 10 $17

McGregor Round 10 $51

Mayweather Jr Round 11 $17

McGregor Round 11 $61

Mayweather Jr Round 12 $26

McGregor Round 12 $76

*If the contest goes to the scorecards then all round bets will be deemed losers.

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