The mega-hyped Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor match finally goes down this Saturday night (August 26, 2017) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
When the odds opened for the matchup, Mayweather Jr. was a nearly -1000 favorite, and to most boxing experts out there, that seemed kind of low. For all his talent and resume, McGregor is a born-and-bred MMA star and mixed martial arts is not boxing. With him crossing over into Mayweather’s world and fighting under Queensberry rules, it is a given that he has almost no chance to win.
Mayweather, though 40 years old, is still one of the greatest boxers of our time and one of the greatest defensive boxers in history, so it goes without saying that the odds are stacked in his favor. If you think about it, -1000 is low when you consider there are bouts on this same card with much wider lines, and those fights are between two men who have boxed all their lives.
So maybe Conor did drop Paulie Malignaggi in sparring, and maybe rumors that Floyd has slipped a little are all true. Was Floyd knocked down, knocked out?
The bottom line should be that McGregor really cannot compete at this level in boxing after a crash course of about a year. This is what has been the big turn off to people that know boxing, people who think that it belittles the years spent toiling in the gym that are spent to compete at a high level.
None of this has seemed to matter one iota to the betting public, which has steadily come in on McGregor and tightened the line. There is an x-factor here and that is McGregor. Call it lightning in a bottle, karma, luck or whatever you want to call it, but the guy has had a way of beating the odds throughout his MMA career, and it is clear people think he can keep on doing it against Floyd Mayweather Jr. this weekend.
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – Showtime PPV
Super Welterweight – 12 rounds
Conor McGregor +480 o9½ +170
Floyd Mayweather Jr. -660 u9½ -200
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