Boxing purists may be livid about the upcoming bout between future Hall of Fame legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor, but if you’re thinking about betting on the highly-anticipated matchup, then you should be jumping for joy.
Mayweather vs McGregor Odds & Betting Analysis
What: Floyd Mayweather (49-0-0) vs Conor McGregor (0-0-0)
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: T-Mobile Arena
Moneyline: Mayweather -750 vs McGregor +525
Watch: Showtime PPV
The two superstars in their own respective sports are set to square off on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather is currently a concrete, -750 favorite to beat McGregor who is a +525 pick to pull off the upset.
Now, let’s find out if McGregor actually has a chance to beat Mayweather.
Why Bet on Conor McGregor Odds at +525
The most obvious reason to bet on Conor McGregor in this matchup is the stunning +700 return should he pull off the win.
Another great reason to back the Irishman is that the 28-year-old brawler has youth on his side, being over a decade younger than Mayweather Jr. McGregor stands 5’9″ and has a 74-inch reach, but more importantly, the reigning welterweight champion has a ton of punching power and has recorded a whopping 18 knockouts in 21 career victories.
McGregor also is about as fearless as they come in either boxing or mixed martial arts, so I certainly don’t expect him to have an ounce of fear heading into this massively huge bout. McGregor has recorded six TKO finishes via punches in his last eight UFC bouts and could ‘get lucky’ if he can find an opening against the defensive-minded Mayweather.
Why Bet on Floyd Mayweather Odds at -750
Why should you bet on Floyd Mayweather?
He is a seasoned boxer and McGregor is just getting his feet wet.
Of course, an even better reason to back the five-division champion is that he’s never been beaten in the ring, even by a handful of likely Hall of Fame opponents.
The 5’8″, 154-pound champion has a reach of 72 inches and will have a decisive advantage when he comes to both, hand and foot speed, not to mention, an even bigger advantage when it comes to boxing IQ. The only negatives that anyone can point to about Mayweather Jr. in this bout is that, at 40-years-old, he’s a dozen years older than his opponent and that he could suffer from ring rust since he hasn’t been in the ring in almost two years since retiring in September of 2015.
Mayweather vs McGregor Betting Analysis
As much as I dislike Floyd Mayweather Jr. and would love to see him lose against Conor McGregor, I just don’t see the undefeated future Hall of Famer putting himself in harm’s way, which, unfortunately, has been his calling card for the better part of the last decade.
Mayweather is also the far more experienced boxer and is so good defensively that I believe it’s going to take a minor miracle for McGregor to land any sort of shot that could really damage the boxing champ. While both fighters are basically taking this fight for money, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a whole lot more to lose than Connor McGregor seeing as how he’s been a lifelong boxer and wants to desperately keep his perfect record intact against a fighter in McGregor that is s likely going to be a one-and-done boxer.
Mayweather may no longer have the punching power that helped him record 26 KO’s in his career, but he’ll also avoid getting in McGregor’s wheelhouse, which means this one will go the distance.
I can see it now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins via unanimous decision, only for Conor McGregor to tell everyone how he was robbed by some scandalous boxing judges and wants a rematch.
For the most part, you should expect Mayweather to get a lead on points by the midway mark, before concentrating on defense to get the simple win on points.