Mayweather Betting Favorite vs. McGregor
- Updated: February 17, 2017
Will boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever step into the ring against UFC champion Conor McGregor? If he does, he’ll be listed as the big betting favorite for the matchup – although the odds on McGregor pulling off the upset have been improving for the past week.
Interest in this potential matchup perked up this week when rumors circulated that a deal between the sides was imminent, although Mayweather then threw some cold water on those reports. Still, according to oddsmakers Mayweather would clearly be in the driver’s seat in a bout with McGregor, as he’s currently listed as a -900 betting favorite against the UFC fighter.
That has McGregor as the +550 underdog, although that’s an improvement from his line of +750 from just a few days earlier. Mayweather has slipped from big odds of -1400 this week.
Mayweather was last in the ring back in September 2015, when he beat Andre Berto by unanimous decision in Las Vegas to retain his welterweight titles and run his career professional boxing record to 49-0. He was a massive -3000 betting favorite for that bout, after beating Manny Pacquiao at odds of just -200 in his previous outing in May 2015.
The win over Pacquiao was also by unanimous decision, and Mayweather has won each of his last seven fights by decision since knocking out Victor Ortiz in the fourth round back in September 2011. After beating Berto to get to 49-0 Mayweather announced he was retired.
McGregor Clear Underdog for Proposed Match
But could the promise of a massive payday and the chance to push his record to a nice round 50-0 lure Mayweather back to the ring to face McGregor? Since losing to Nate Diaz by submission as a -400 betting favorite at UFC 196 McGregor has bounced back to avenge that loss to Diaz at UFC 202 and pick up a TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. McGregor was -155 chalk in the Diaz rematch, and -195 chalk when he defeated Alvarez last November.
That win over Alvarez in New York gave McGregor the UFC lightweight championship; he’d previously been the UFC’s featherweight champion and fought Diaz twice at welterweight.
So fight fans are now in wait-and-see mode for this bout, with $100 million paychecks for the participants not out of the question if the event ever happens. McGregor will turn 29 this summer, while Mayweather turns 40 later this month. No date has been floated for the event.
*Odds as of February 17, 2017