It is Happening: Mayweather (–1050) Will Fight McGregor on August 26

Floyd Mayweather

Jason Lake

Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 1:09 PM UTC

It’s actually happening: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have agreed to a boxing match on August 26, and the boxing odds are very much in Floyd’s favor.

Conor McGregor wants more money than the UFC can provide. The Lightweight champion is about to get it: He’s agreed to fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’ll be a boxing match at 154 pounds, and BetOnline was the first online sportsbook to hit our boxing odds board, making Mayweather the big favorite at –1050 shortly after Wednesday’s announcement.

Those odds might have already changed by the time you read this. The Westgate is reporting that 92 percent of their Vegas bettors were on the charismatic Irishman before the fight was made official; those were mostly small, public bets, but now the big money is expected to start coming in on Mayweather. They’ll be competing in his sport, The Money Team is promoting the fight – is there any reason to put McGregor in our boxing picks, aside from entertainment value?

 What’s in Your Wallet?

Well, there is the fact that McGregor turns 29 next month, while Mayweather is 40. The Lightweight champ is also the larger man in this matchup, and a southpaw to boot. And he’s an active fighter; Mayweather has been “retired” since beating Andre Berto by unanimous decision in September 2015.

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If anyone tries to give you their money by betting on McGregor over Mayweather, take them for all they have. They deserve it.

— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) June 14, 2017

That’s about all I’ve got. I’m not as cynical as some of my colleagues here at the home office, but for a bet on McGregor at +725 to win, we have to be confident that he’d win this fight more than 12.1 percent of the time. “Confident” is not a word I would use in this situation. McGregor knows all the ins and outs of the Octagon. Mayweather has been working on the sweet science pretty much since he was born.

There might be some betting value on McGregor when the props market starts pumping out some lines. But for now, if you’re itching to lay some wood on this fight, make it a small bet on Mayweather to win. He’s holding all the cards in this situation, and McGregor has 100 million reasons or so to play along.


Free Boxing Pick: Mayweather (–1050)Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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