Oddsmakers have revealed their hand as rumors continue to grow of a crossover by former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather into MMA.
Mayweather, who is fast approaching his 41st birthday, has posted several hints at the possibility of fighting in the octagon and old foe Conor McGregor is the frontrunner to be in the opposite corner.
‘Money’ defeated ‘The Notorious’ one back in August but was immediately dared to rematch the UFC champion in his own code.
Should that happen this year, bookies at BetStars have McGregor as a virtually unbackable favorite to inflict a first fighting loss on Mayweather in over 20 years.
BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion said: “Since taking each other on in the ring, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have both hinted at a rematch in an octagon.
“Mayweather, whose professional boxing record stands at 50-0, defeated McGregor by TKO in the tenth round when they faced each other last August, but he will face a tougher test if they fight under MMA rules.
“’The Notorious’ is the 1/20 favourite at to win the bout, should the fight take place.”
He continued: “McGregor will have a far superior skill level to that of Mayweather’s and his kicking ability should be enough to see him comfortably through the fight.
“‘Money’ Mayweather will no doubt fancy his chances and his lightning speed may well be enough to see him past the Irishman. The punters, however, don’t agree and Mayweather has emerged as the 15/2 underdog, should the fight go ahead.”
Having already defeated McGregor once, Mayweather will certainly have no fear, but whether he can avoid the kicks, elbow and more worryingly – the submissions, is another story entirely.