As Floyd Mayweather signs on to face UFC star Conor McGregor on August 26, here’s what we know so far regarding the potential billion dollar fight.
Mayweather at 40 years old will put his 49-0 record and legacy on the line against a fighter who has never fought as a professional boxer but has been dominant of late in his sport of choice.
After initial talks to stage at the MGM Grand, the fight will now take place at the close-by T-Mobile Arena (also owned by MGM Grand). The event will be Mayweather’s debut at the newly-built facility.
Mayweather v McGregor will be fought over 12 rounds despite rumors a 10 round bout was being considered.
None of the current sanctioning bodies have backed the contest as yet, with the WBC, WBA and IBO already making their feelings known that the fight should only be an exhibition.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission have welcomed the fight though, meaning Mayweather will push to 50-0 if successful.
This is where the honest and avid fan will miss out. Unless you have big bucks or are extremely lucky, Mayweather v McGregor will largely be populated by celebrities, sponsors and the media.
Odds (Courtesy of William Hill)
Bookies are anticipating over £100 million could be bet across the globe on the mega-fight between McGregor and Mayweather following the confirmation of the highly anticipated match-up on Wednesday night.
William Hill make Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather their 1/12 favourite (Bet £12 to make a £1 profit) – with Conor ‘ The Notorious’ McGregor a 6/1 outsider. McGregor is rated a 7/1 shot to KO Mayweather, while the unbeaten boxer is rated a 6/5 chance to win on points.
Some pundits believe Mayweather will finish McGregor early and the bookies are offering odds of 33/1 for him to win in the opening round. They also offer odds of 10/1 for mixed martial artist McGregor, who will be making his boxing debut, being disqualified for kicking Mayweather during the fight.
“Most pundits believe the fight won’t be competitive, but that’s not going to stop millions of people across the world tuning in – and also having a bet on the fight, said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny
“Mayweather is a massive favourite, but we’ve already seen a lot of bets on McGregor landing one of his ‘Notorious’ left hands and winning by KO.”
WILLIAM HILL ODDS
Latest fight odds: (William Hill) 1/12 Floyd Mayweather, 6/1 Conor McGregor, 25/1 Draw
Method of victory: 10/11 Mayweather by KO, TKO or DQ, 6/5 Mayweather on points, 7/1 McGregor by KO, TKO or DQ, 33/1 McGregor on points, 25/1 Draw
Following the huge success of Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, it’s highly unlikely the McGregor fight would be offered for anything south of $99.95 on Showtime PPV.
Mayweather Promotions will have a strong hand in fights on the bill as Badou Jack, Mickey Bey, Gervonta Davis, J’Leon Love, Richardson Hitchins, Ronald Gavril, Lanell Bellows, Andrew Tabiti and Ashley Theophane all eye spots on the event.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay