In a fight few people gave Conor McGregor a chance of winning, somehow the Irish MMA star has given people hope that this Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor boxing match on Aug. 26, 2017, is not going to be as one-sided as many predicted. A few have the sense that McGregor might actually pull off an upset victory. As much as McGregor's success would mean a lot to this fight, do the numbers back that up that feeling?
As the fight approaches money and wagers are being placed on both fighters. The odds are showing that despite fans desire to want to believe this is an evenly contested bout, the betting tells otherwise. Here are the latest odds on fight outcome according to Telegraph:
Odds on the outcome:
Mayweather Win - 1/4
McGregor Win - 3/1
Draw - 33/1
Method of victory:
Mayweather win by KO, TKO or DQ - 8/11
Mayweather win by decision or technical decision - 11/4
McGregor win by KO, TKO or DQ - 10/3
McGregor win by decision or technical decisions - 25/1
Odds of points victories:
Mayweather on points - 11/4
McGregor on points - 25/1
Both fighters to be knocked down - 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Fight to finish within 59 seconds - 37/1 (188Bet)
Clearly, the odds show McGregor as the underdog, which he should be. Never having fought a professional boxing match and squaring off against one of the best boxers in the world, Mayweather's 49-0 record should be too much for McGregor to handle.
The press, and subsequent emotion, for this fight, has hidden the fact that this is not a bout set for McGregor to succeed in. Even with different sized gloves and a weight advantage that many thinks will give McGregor the power advantage, landing his punches could be a challenge.
In a boxing contest, this really isn't close. In a fight, the advantage would clearly go to McGregor.