The excitement is building ahead of next week’s fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, with fans across the globe eager to find out who will come out on top. The fight, which is being promoted by Mayweather’s company, 5Dimes, has opened up new possibilities for online betting, with many bookmakers now willing to offer odds on the battle. We take a look at how these odds have changed over the past week and what they mean for the fight itself.
Skywarmer Gets Sky High
One of the key battlegrounds in the fight is London, with both boxers having British roots which will no doubt inspire plenty of support from across the pond. The draw for the fight was made back in October when Mayweather opted to defend his titles in the United Kingdom capital, leaving many to wonder if he was trying to send a message to McGregor.
After months of waiting, the moment of truth arrived last week when Mayweather made his appearance in front of the media at the O2 in London, confirming the bout and putting the controversy to rest.
Mayweather has always been an astute businessman and his company, 5Dimes, is clearly capitalising on all the interest in the matchup by running an online shop devoted to the fight, complete with a live chat function and a phone number one can call to place bets. The company has even opened up a London branch, where punters can place their bets and find all the information they need to do so.
What Are The Odds?
A lot has happened in the world of betting since the pair first stepped onto the scene, with online gambling originally banned in some states before being legalized in others. Nevada, for example, passed a law in 2016 which enabled sportsbooks to operate in the state, meaning that the fight could potentially be covered by legal betting.
The state of New York also eased its restrictions on sports gambling in 2019, meaning that individual bets and parlay bets will be accepted on sporting events, including the Mayweather-McGregor matchup. However, the amount that one can wager is still limited as New York State has not yet fully embraced online gambling.
Odds On The Rise
The appetite for betting on the fight is being propelled by a number of factors. First off, the fight is considered to be one of the most exciting events of the year, with fans eager to back their favorite fighter. Secondly, both boxers are at the top of their game, with McGregor having consistently shown up the competition during his meteoric rise up the ranks. Finally, the location of the fight will no doubt inspire more interest as England, particularly London, has become a hub for sporting events and the country as a whole is home to some of the most dedicated sports fans in the world.
Whether you are a betting enthusiast or simply want to back your favorite sporting team, the excitement surrounding the fight has opened up the possibility for countless opportunities for those looking to get in on the action. For instance, one can now place bets on the overall winner of the fight, with most bookmakers offering odds on that as opposed to just one of the three designated exhibition bouts.
Who Will Win?
Although interest in the fight is at an all-time high, it’s important to note that the fight is not guaranteed to be one-sided. In fact, the fight could very well go the distance with both boxers potentially coming away with something.
McGregor is a two-time UFC champion and has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the boxing ring, knocking out his opposition with relative ease. He showed no regard for the size or strength of his opponents, using his speed to wear them down before unleashing his heavy hands. Although he is a natural boxer, his unconventional approach has made him an enigma to traditional boxers who have found it difficult to prepare for.
On the other side, Mayweather is considered to be the best boxer of all-time and is undefeated in his professional career, winning his first 25 fights before turning 45 years old. The four-time champion shows no signs of slowing down as he enters his prime and many expect him to continue racking up the wins in the coming years. Mayweather has a much simpler game plan, relying on his experience, knowledge of the sport, and the power of his physical presence to beat his opponents.
Despite all the excitement surrounding the rematch of the millennium, one should not bet the farm on a fight that has a 50/50 chance of going the distance. This is especially true when considering the fact that McGregor, in his inexperience, could end up being the one to lose.