The clash between legendary boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC hard man Conor McGregor is on course to set record pay-per-view sales of over £5M and could be one of the biggest betting events in sporting history.
It seems everyone has a view on who will win the bout and Betfair expects £50-£100m to be traded on the various fight markets. Online bookmakers have seized on the hype and fight fans can take advantage of sign up offers for a free punt or use matched betting techniques at matchedbets.com to make a guaranteed profit on the fight.
In boxing circles, 1/4 favourite Mayweather is expected to prove too good for McGregor but odds for the UFC light heavyweight champion have tumbled from 9/1 to 3/1 since the announcement that the fighters will wear 8oz gloves for their bout. Punters can do much better on Betfair as new customers can get enhanced odds of 20/1 Mayweather or 40/1 McGregor and the opportunity of a further £100 in free bets.
We should be in for an explosive fight and bookies don’t envisage it going the distance. Punters can also bet on the exact method of victory with Technical Knockout the favourite at 6/4 followed by Knockout at 9/4. McGregor has been talking a great fight in press conferences and predicts he’ll put Mayweather on the canvas by the fourth round. Betfair goes 11/4 for Mayweather to be knocked down at any time in the fight and 8/1 for the Irishman to win by a knockout.
Round by round betting is most popular with casual punters and judging by the odds, bookies expect the action to be over somewhere between the fifth and seventh rounds with Mayweather 12/1 to take it in the sixth. It appears McGregor’s best chance is to try and catch Mayweather early and he’s 20/1 to win in the third and 15/2 to win anytime in the first three rounds.
Where’s your money going on this historic cross-code match up?