Mayweather Odds Keep Falling Against McGregor
When the odds first hit the board for the August 26 superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight champion was a heavy +950 underdog. It didn’t take long for McGregor to move down to +400. The Irish sensation is even shorter now at +375. Mayweather is now available at –550.
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McGregor Has Something to Prove
McGregor fans appear to be delighted with how his training camp has unfolded. Former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi was brought in to spar with McGregor. Malignaggi gave McGregor an intense 12-round session. It saw Malignaggi either knocked down or pushed to the ground in physical combat. Clips from that session have been carefully selected to make McGregor look stronger.
While it’s true that McGregor has never fought an officially recognized boxing match inside the squared circle. There is no doubting his knockout power. It has been put on display multiple times inside the Octagon. The charismatic Irishman has won 18 of his 24 lifetime MMA fights by knockout. He has only gone to the judges’ score cards twice. McGregor has also never been knocked out himself, suffering all three of his losses via submission.
Knocking out Mayweather will be a bit more difficult with 10-ounce boxing gloves instead of the four-ounce MMA gloves McGregor is used to wearing. Both fighters have stated their preference for wearing eight-ounce gloves when they meet August 26, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission is sticking with their rule that fighters above 135 pounds must use the 10-ounce gloves. Mayweather vs. McGregor is being fought at junior middleweight (154 pounds).
Mayweather May Be Too Cocky
There hasn’t been as much news coming out of the Mayweather camp. He did recently show off a lean physique while relaxing at the REHAB Beach Club in Las Vegas. Rumor has it that MMA star Nate Diaz could be part of Mayweather’s entourage on August 26. Diaz is the last and only person to defeat McGregor (9-1 UFC, seven KOs) inside the Octagon, although he lost their 2016 rematch by majority decision.
There are currently 49 different ways you can bet on Mayweather-McGregor, including the “Inside 4 Rounds” special, based on McGregor’s prediction that he’ll knock Mayweather out before the start of the fifth round. The odds on McGregor winning by any means inside four rounds are +600, while any other result is the prohibitive favourite at –1200. McGregor is also +600 to KO Mayweather at any point.
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