Floyd Mayweather hires UFC help to prepare for Conor McGregor
Las Vegas sports books have seen a flood of small bets on Mayweather vs Conor Live for his Aug. 26 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather since the fight was made official last week, according to multiple reports.
Place: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Date: August 26 ,2017
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Upon the announcement that the fight was on, McGregor was posted as a 7-to-1 underdog at two prominent Vegas bet shops — the Westgate SuperBook and William Hill — a price too tempting for public bettors to pass up. Mayweather was listed at -1100, odds most bettors don’t have the stomach to lay (winning $100 requires an $1100 wager).
So, as is typical for prize fights, Floyd Mayweather vs Mcgregor public bettors flocked to risk small amounts of money for the chance at a big payoff. Jason Simbal, vice president of risk at CG Technology, told Covers.com that action on McGregor increased when the fight was made official, but those bets were of the $10, $20 and $50 variety.
When the accumulation of those bets prompted CG to adjust Mayweather’s odds from -1000 to -900, big bets started coming in on the favorite, including one for $45,000. Mayweather’s odds were then pushed back up to -950.The MGM Mirage saw a similar wagering pattern.
“When we first put it up, we wrote 68 tickets on McGregor before first Mayweather bet,” oddsmaker Jeff Stoneback said, per Covers. “But first bet on Mayweather: $90K to win $10K. These are all small bets on McGregor.”
ESPN.com reported that by Saturday, Mayweather’s odds had been shortened to -600 at some sports books. That price is certainly cheap enough for sharp bettors to pounce.
After all, Mayweather lays odds of this size for fun. In his most recent fight, he was -3000 against Andre Berto (via Odds Shark). He was -900 in his first fight against Marcos Maidana and -600 in the rematch. He was -700 against Miguel Cotto in 2012. These are all experienced boxers, while McGregor, a UFC star, will be competing in the first boxing match of his career.
Mayweather will be looking to extend his career record to 50–0 when he takes on McGregor, who has never boxed professionally.“He’s very happy, I’m very happy and I can’t wait,” added Mayweather.
“You’re supposed to stand behind your man. Stand behind the fighter that you believe in.”Hatton is one of those to have criticised the fight, with the former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion tipping Mayweather to win every single round.
Hatton, who was stopped by Mayweather in the 10th round when the pair met in Las Vegas in 2007, predicts the American could win every round, although he concedes that there could be plenty of entertainment.
“I cannot say I’m a fan of it,” Hatton told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.“I’m a fan of UFC, a fan of McGregor — he’s got character, he’s exciting, entertaining, value for money. I hope I don’t upset any Irish fans or Conor, but I can’t get excited about this fight one bit.“It’s going to be great entertainment — that’s the most complimentary I can be about it. It’s two different sports.
“When I look at some of the people Watch Conor Mcgregor Fight Online has beaten like Saul Alvarez — he’s not going to be as big a puncher as Alvarez, and he couldn’t lay a glove on him.“I feel embarrassed to say this but I’d be very surprised if (McGregor) wins a round.