Freelance: The Best Way to Make Money on the McGregor vs. Mayweather Bout
Whether you like it or not, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor- Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr boxing super-fight is happening. Everyone and their dog has an opinion on this fight, most of which revolve around how or when McGregor is going to lose. Why? For that, please refer to their records.
McGregor is 0-0 in boxing, but the bout was sanctioned by the overseeing Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to his experience in MMA and the sport’s leading promotion, the UFC. In MMA, McGregor is 21-3 and specifically inside of the UFC’s octagon, the native of Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland is 9-1 with the vast majority of those victories coming by way of KO/TKO.
Still, all of this cannot replace the 19 years of experience that Mayweather, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan has on his challenger. People are counting on McGregor being the first knockout Mayweather has had since 2011 against the now 31-6-2 “Vicious” Victor Ortiz.
McGregor sees things going differently as does UFC President Dana White (obviously.) Mayweather himself has even made a poor sales pitch for the fight due to the difference in age between the two men (29 to 40 on fight-night in favor of McGregor.)
White said previously:
“At the end of the day it’s a fight. Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old; Conor McGregor is 27 (yes, this fight has been approaching for over two years.) Conor’s a big dude. Floyd has trouble with southpaws; Conor McGregor is a southpaw. And Conor McGregor hits like a truck. When he hits you, you know it. So, in no way, shape or form am I saying Conor McGregor wins this fight. I don’t know. But it’s more interesting than people think it is. … I promise you Conor McGregor will hit him. When they fight (Mayweather) will get hit, and it will be interesting to see what happens.”
The Current Betting Odds
Make no mistake: McGregor faces the greatest possibility of losing than he ever has before (it’s an almost certainty) although critics have been doubting “Mystic Mac” for the entire history of his career, which is a great motivator for him. However, at the time of this writing (June 21) Bovada has McGregor as a +375 underdog against the -550 favorite in Mayweather.
A Big Payday
In short, this fight is about the spectacle than anything else and you are going to hear even more bold claims over the next two months or so leading up to said spectacle than you already have. In short, how do you, the bettor, make sure that you walk away the real winner of this collision of the MMA and boxing tribes?
Well, this is what we know about the upcoming bout thus far: It will be contested at a weight of 154 pounds with a mandate that requires ten-ounce gloves to be used. McGregor has already fought at 155 pounds and 170 pounds in MMA, so he should be comfortable with the weight and Mayweather has won a multitude of fights at varying weights, so he should have no issue making weight either.
The glove weight is somewhere in the middle for both men as well as McGregor competes using four-ounce gloves in his UFC bouts while boxing gloves can weigh up to 16 ounces.
So, once again, how do you answer the question posed above?
Taking into account Mayweather’s evasive style and expecting McGregor to lose with 100 percent certainty, the obvious answer is to bet on Mayweather to win, either by knockout or my unanimous decision as he has done so very often in the past. However, this fight is happening because of one question: What if?
What if Mayweather doesn’t score the knockout blow in three rounds or less? What if McGregor hangs with him, even if he takes a beating in the process due to “Money’s” fighting style? The term puncher’s chance has been around so long in combat sports for a reason
What will you do?
The answer: Just bet on the fight to go the distance.
The fight is scheduled to be a full-length contest of 12 rounds (36 minutes) and since McGregor’s rise to fame, he has consistently (if not always) been one-half of a main-event fight. Main event and title bouts in the UFC are both contested at a length of five rounds (25 minutes. the rule went into effect in 2011) and with the fight having brewed for over two years, you can bet he’s been going 12 rounds when he trains.
This feels like the safest bet at this point without needing to necessarily predict a winner but it is also still risky enough because so many pundits on both sides of the fence just don’t see the affair lasting long enough to go the distance.
Then again, just be advised that no bet is a sure thing.
McGregor has since enlisted the help of fellow Irish boxer, Michael Conlin. After walking Conlin to the ring for a fight back in March, McGregor later approached boxing writer Dan Rafael of ESPN and said:
“You're the boxing guy? I'm the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing.Trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident as a motherf*cker, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.”
McGregor has used the power of his intense self-belief to make his visions a reality before. Still it may all come down to how effectively he regulates/uses his energy over those 36 minutes as that was his downfall in his lone UFC loss in his first go-‘round with Nate Diaz.
Only time will tell.
Update: The date of the McGregor-Mayweather bout could be in jeopardy as former rap music turned movie star Oshey Jackson, also known as Ice Cube, had already locked in the set date for the bout to take place at the T-Mobile Arena (August 26.) Jackson’s 3-on 3 basketball league is set to hold its championship game at the venue on that date. Read more here.