Let’s see what we now know about the massive McGregor-Mayweather fight and see if the Offshore sportsbooks’ odds have changed much.
NSAC Appoints Veteran Robert Byrd Referee For Coming Monster WBA Bout, Announces Use of 8-Ounce Gloves
On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission here in the Silver State unveiled two crucial details for the upcoming WBA Super Welterweight bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs in Boxing) and UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3, 16 KOs in MMA) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next Saturday (Aug. 26, 9 p.m. ET, PPV) with veteran Robert Byrd being named the Referee and the that 8-ounce gloves would be used for the scheduled 12-round fight. The NSAC also named Burt Clements, Dave Moratti and Guido Cavalleri to be judges for the fight. The unanimous approval of 8-ounce gloves for the 154-pound bout—said to be a one-time exception—came across to controversial to some with the NSAC mandating use of 10-ounce gloves for any contested fight over 147 pounds. The 40-year-old Mayweather—who publicly petitioned for smaller gloves on his Instagram account—usually wears 10-ounce gloves while McGregor usually wears 4-ounce ones fighting in the UFC.
Who knows if the 8-ounce gloves can be declared a win by either camp, but the naming of Byrd had to satisfy the first-time Boxer McGregor’s camp which made it loud and clear that they would be objecting if Kenny Bayless got the call although they reportedly requested an international judge. In an interview on Tuesday with the LA Times, NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett said Chairman Anthony Marnell III had made the decision to eliminate Bayless—who refereed 6 of the L12 Mayweather bouts—as a possibility from comments during an interview he had made earlier about the then-seemingly improbable showdown between Boxing's biggest—and the “retired—star and one of Dana White prize UFC attractions in UFC. World Boxing Hall of Fame member and Nevada-resident Byrd—husband of MMA Judge Adalaide Byrd—has only refereed one Mayweather bout before, a 2013 May Day win over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas.
Did These NSAC Announcements From Wednesday Affect the McGregor-Mayweather Bout Odds At All?
Looking at the current (Aug. 17) current Offshore odds for this mega-fight, we see the range for big favorite Mayweather slightly moving upward with the new low at -440 (Matchbook; -450 at Bovada, 5Dimes) and as high as -550 (BetDSI, YouWager), down 150 cents from -700 (YouWager) on additional McGregor money since last writing, meaning the underdog is still probably attracting the bulk of the action at these sportsbooks with the Total (Rounds) is still in the 8½ to 9½ range. With the announcement of the 8-ounce gloves and Mayweather praising McGregor, it seems the Under would draw more action on perceptions of punches landing harder (less cushion) possibly creating a quicker Knockout or stoppage, but with Mayweather having only been knocked down once in his career and the 29-year-old mixed martial artist McGregor (McGregor Wins in First 60 Seconds 60/1, 5Dimes) likely to go through a couple round “feeling out” process for this new sport and desperately not wanting to be embarrassed by the Bozer/Righty/American/Old Man/Hometown Fighter early on. Afterall, how fun can the circus be if the Lion kills the trainer in the first act?
Unbeaten Legend Mayweather Hints at His Approach on Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday
“I’m going straight ahead [in this fight],” five-division world champion and Las Vegas resident Mayweather said on said on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, adding that “the fans deserve it,” saying the Dublin native McGregor “will land shots” on him during their bout next weekend here in Sin City. And with the smaller gloves, McGregor (McGregor Knocks Down Mayweather +420, 5Dimes) being a southpaw and being in a perceived position where he can shock the world,
But whether or not Money Mayweather (Mayweather Wins in First 60 Seconds 40/1, 5Dimes) will be as aggressive as he says against a guy who beat Nate Diaz. We’ll take a look at some of the Fun and Cross-Sport Props for this monster bout—which could establish new PPV records—for you readers tomorrow.
McGREGOR vs. MAYWEATHER FIGHT PROPS PICK: Will McGregor Knock Mayweather Down? Yes (+420)Best Line Found at 5Dimes