The odds have been revealed for a cross-codes boxing event featuring Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor in the Middle East next year.
Not surprisingly, Pacquiao is a vast -1200 favorite to take down McGregor, who has limited skill in the squared circle.
McGregor is available at fractions of +700, which will undoubtedly interest fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in which the Irishman usually competes.
Those in the know will see the fight as one of the most one-sided in the history of Pay Per View. It will also give McGregor possibly the worst boxing record of all time, having fought twice and lost twice in top-level contests.
In 2017, McGregor looked utterly out of his depth when taking on Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Using an unorthodox style and punching Mayweather with tippy tappy blows on the back of the head many times, McGregor was an amateur at best. Not pretty.
Mayweather has since stated he hardly trained for the fight and carried McGregor for ten rounds until getting him out of there when he felt like it.
All this doesn’t bode well for future PPV sales. Mayweather vs. McGregor sold over 5.1 million worldwide. Second only to ‘MayPac.’
Pacquiao vs. McGregor will be the biggest seller of the year, only for the fact that Filipino fans and UFC followers will fork out for it. But paying up to $99 when everyone already knows the outcome will be a tough sell.
The build-up is critical, although organizers could find it hard to persuade the knowledgable boxing fraternity to part with their cash for something of this ilk.
McGregor won’t even have a punchers chance as Pacquiao has significant speed, even at 41 or 42, to avoid ‘The Notorious’ throughout.
It’s not hard to realize just how much of a favorite Pacquiao is. But as this bout is for charity, you cannot fault the eight-weight legend for choosing McGregor as his opponent.
Floyd Mayweather was the first choice for Middle East investors, as WBN reported first. A lack of interest from the former pound for pound king meant McGregor was the only option left.
Pacquiao is moving on. He can’t wait forever.
The ‘Pacman’ wants to earn big bucks before leaving the sport to run for President of the Philippines in 2022. The promise Mayweather made in 2019 hasn’t transpired.
But we wish him well.
As for McGregor, it’s hard to see where he’ll go in boxing when he’s pushing a dominated 0-2 record. Money talks.