Conor McGregor is a legendary UFC fighter. Not many combatants can take a year off from fighting, announce their next bout, and instantly be established as the overwhelming odds-on favorite in the UFC 257 picks. Yet that's exactly how The Notorious one rolls. He will headline UFC 257 on Jan. 23, facing Dustin Poirier in a rematch of former UFC world lightweight champs. McGregor is the -235 favorite in the bout.
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McGregor Vs. Mayweather Odds
Early Mayweather vs. McGregor betting lines
One by one, all of the world's great fighters in and around his weight class have stepped up to challenge Floyd Mayweather. And one by one, they've all been set down, from Oscar De La Hoya, to Zab Judah, to Miguel Cotto, Arturo Gatti, Marcos Maidena, Saul Canelo Alvarez and even the legendary Manny Pacquiao.
Now we're supposed to believe that on Aug. 26, UFC fighter Conor McGregor can dethrone the greatest boxer in the world? But just because Mayweather should win this in a walk, that doesn't mean that you can't walk away from the bout with a bundle of cash bursting from your wallet.
Bovada.lv is offering plenty of wagers and prop bets on this fight that should ensure that they savvy bettor comes out ahead when all is said and done.
Mayweather To Win
This is the simplest and easiest wager to make, and let's be honest, it won't make you wealthy unless you've got a lot of disposable income that you don't mind risking. But then again, is it really a risk?
Bovada offers Mayweather as a prohibitive -550 favorite to win the bout, and really, it's difficult to imagine that a boxing novice such as McGregor can step into the squared circle and do what the finest fighters in the world were incapable of achieving. You can get +375 on a McGregor victory, if you want to go there.
Play: Mayweather (-550)
Mayweather By Decision
It's almost a given that Mayweather will win this bout. But how will he win it?
In each of his last seven bouts and in 12 of the last 14 times he's stepped into the ring, Mayweather has won by decision. McGregor's best chance - maybe his only chance - is a puncher's chance. If he can tag Mayweather and get him into trouble, that might be McGregor's one hope at success.
But if you know anything about Mayweather, you know he's one of the finest defensive boxers you'll ever see, if not the finest of all time. He's a cautious, calculating performer in the ring, almost always in charge of how the round will play out. Mayweather didn't give openings to experienced hard hitters like Pacquiao or Alvarez. He knows he can out box McGregor, so why would he take any risks?
Bet a parlay of Mayweather by decision (+200), the total going over 9.5 rounds (+125), the fight going the distance (+170) and Mayweather by unanimous decision (+225) and you should be grinning from ear to ear by the end of the bout.
Making Them Pay
You might think this fight is a joke and if you are a boxing fan, maybe you are even insulted that someone thinks they can just show up and beat the world's No. 1 fighter. Regardless, your curiosity is piqued, and you know you have to see it, regardless of whether you are certain of the outcome.
It's like a car crash at the side of the highway. As much as you don't want to look, you can't help yourself. And when it comes to Mayweather fights, people want to look.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout shattered all boxing pay per view records, drawing 4.6 million viewers and a revenue of more than $400 million. UFC cards don't generate that kind of bank, although McGregor is the king of their pay per view market, regularly pulling over one million viewers.
The crossover appeal to the two fanbases as the most popular fighters of each millieu clash should be record-setting. Bovada has established the total pay per view sales for this bout at 4.99 million. Play the over at -150.
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