Many thought it would never happen. Many thought that even the idea of it was absurd. But after months of speculation and plenty of back-and-forth on social media, the super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was made and is almost upon us.
Just after midday on Sunday 27th August, all the trash talking will stop and it will just be two men, in a boxing ring, in Las Vegas. One of these men happens to be a five-division world champion, holding a perfect 49-0 record spanning over 20 years and regarded as ‘The Best Ever’. The other man, a complete rookie in the boxing ring with a record of 0-0. If this ‘other man’ was anyone other than ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, bookmakers would be struggling to offer anything bigger than $1.01 on Floyd enhancing his record to 50-0. The fact that he is priced at around $1.25, speaks volumes about McGregor’s fighting talents in his own playground, UFC.
It cannot be refuted that McGregor has brought a certain level of entertainment to the build-up that most would associate with WWE but he is not just all talk. The Irishman holds a UFC record of 21-3 and is unquestionably the current face of the sport. He became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two weight-division titles simultaneously whilst also holding the record for the most PPV buys for a UFC event when he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 202. His talents are obvious when he steps into the octagon, but with regards to boxing he is a complete unknown.
All, however, know Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s abilities in a boxing ring. The 49-0 champ retired back in 2015 after cruising comfortably to a Unanimous Decision against Andre Berto. This followed the mammoth ‘Fight of the Century’ against Pacquiao in which Floyd toyed with the second best fighter on the planet and once again, cantered to a points victory. The self-proclaimed ‘Best Ever’ was happily retired, but the lure of one last payday to the tune of over $100m and the opportunity to take his record to a round 50-0, proved too much to turn down. Whether 40-year-old Floyd Mayweather is still the same Floyd Mayweather from years ago remains a question mark.
Many experts are struggling to give McGregor a sniff at victory, however money keeps coming in for him as he is now as short as $4 from the $7 he was in June when the fight was announced. This coincides with a clip being released of an apparent ‘knockdown’ of Paulie Malignaggi in sparring. Despite Malignaggi claiming he won the spar.
If you are siding with Floyd in this bout, then value must be found elsewhere as $1.25 is far too short for most. We here at Oddschecker fully expect Mayweather to get the job done and there is some value around if you get a bit more creative! We can’t see the fight going the distance and expect Mayweather to finish the job late on having dominated all early rounds. We do however know Conor McGregor has heart and will not let his pride take a beating easily which is why we are on Mayweather to win in rounds 10-12 at $9.
This is a fight of many unknowns but one thing is for certain. fight week is going to be entertaining and we can’t wait!