Cue the Europe album because it’s the Final Countdown to Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., and here are the latest boxing betting odds. Spoiler alert: Money is still the favourite, Mac is still the underdog, and the Earth is still round (but don’t tell Kyrie Irving). It’s like Rodney Dangerfield got into boxing because the UFC Lightweight Champion is not getting no respect (that double negative is an homage to Money). For example, associate editor and community moderator for BloodyElbow.com Mookie Alexander says that Nate Diaz – who defeated Conor by submission at UFC 196 has a better chance to beat Mayweather than McGregor does.
- Event: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor
- Date: Saturday August 26th
- Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Odds for fans who bet on boxing:
Conor McGregor – 9½ (+160) +435
Floyd Mayweather Jr – 9½ (-185) -570
How Nate Diaz could beat Money, though, is anybody’s guess. After all, he’s not even a part of the match. It’s not a triple-threat. Alexander is not the only unbeliever, though. Here’s Michael Rapaport telling Mac he is going to get his arse kicked.
Who exactly is Michael Rapaport? Good question, but regardless of the answer, one can’t blame the naysayers for, well, saying nay. McGregor himself has not quite given the impressions that he takes the fight seriously. Here’s a pic from one of his training sessions.
They say I've got no hands. pic.twitter.com/FJfvj5qjKi
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 21, 2017
Actually, Conor, what they say is that you’ve got no tact. Let’s face it; “dance for me, boy”? Is Michael Richards in your corner? It’s hard to believe but ethics play a big part on this boxing betting event. Actually, it’s pretty easy to believe given a certain undefeated five-division world champion’s track record outside the ring. “I know nobody’s perfect, myself included, so if a fighter is flawed as a person I usually see that as a separate thing,” McGregor fan Petey Passguarte told MMAjunkie. “Performers don’t have to be role models in order to be on my TV. But there are exceptions, and Floyd is an exception.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Passguarte decided to make a donation roughly equivalent to the price of the PPV in order to be able to watch it with a clear conscience. Moral compromise or cognitive dissonance? That’s for fans who bet on box to decide. Unfortunately this isn’t a movie where the good guy wins and the bad guy gets his comeuppance; this is real life where there are no good guys. The rich get richer and the rich get poorer, but the good news is that you could be among the richer if you gamble your money wisely.
All things considered, this is not going to be by any stretch of the imagination one of the greatest boxing matches in the history of the sport. Chances are it’s not even going to be one of the least worst. What it will be is a Grand Guignol of a spectacle, along the lines of Tyson of Secretariat – something that would under any other circumstances have to take place in international waters to be able to take place at all. And there will be big money involved, which is what boxing betting is all about.