With the fight just days away, the hype for the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather showdown has reached its boiling point. The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26, and will start at around 9 PM EST.
We already went over why Mayweather should win this fight and why he is one of the best bets in the past decade. In this post, we’re diving deeper into the matchup with some of our favorite proposition bets at BetOnline and Bovada. Bovada has a whopping 115 possible props on the fight and the events surrounding it.
Under 8.5 Rounds
Many are predicting that this fight won’t go the distance. That makes sense, considering McGregor’s inexperience in the boxing ring and Mayweather’s elite talent. He’s one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but depending on McGregor’s aggressiveness and stamina – this could end up being a quick night for him.
I was lucky enough to get under 9.5 rounds at -125 right when the fight was announced at Bovada. It now stands at -175 on the under, which has taken most of (if not all) the value out of the bet. Bovada also has under 8.5 rounds at -155.
However, as of this writing. BetOnline has under 8.5 rounds at just -130. It’s still one of the better bets available on the board if you don’t think this fight is going the distance.
Floyd Mayweather by KO, TKO, or DQ
If you’re not interested in laying between -400 and -500 on Mayweather to win the fight outright and you think a knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification is likelier than a win by decision – this may be the best bet for you.
“Money” hasn’t knocked out a fighter since 2011, but as I mention in the article linked above, this may be an ideal spot for a KO or TKO. McGregor may be overly aggressive and leave himself wide open for a flush shot from Mayweather. Remember, this is his first professional fight. He’s still an amateur boxer.
A disqualification win for Mayweather is also something that has talked about less than other outcomes, but it is realistic, but not a probable one. McGregor could get frustrated if he is unable when he can’t hit Mayweather. He may throw a kick or worse and end up getting himself disqualified.
I would still take Mayweather between -400 to -500 to win regardless of the method for most of your bankroll allotment for this fight, but putting some on him to win by KO, TKO, and DQ makes a lot of sense if you feel he has a good shot at a knockout. At Bovada, the price is just -125, which beats most other sportsbooks. BetOnline does not offer this betting market.
Floyd Mayweather in Round 1-3
Again, we’re going back to McGregor’s inexperience and possible aggressiveness. Let’s not forget, McGregor has stated that he “will KO Mayweather within four rounds”. To say the very least, I think that is highly unlikely.
If McGregor is determined to keep his word and tries to knock out Floyd early – it may end with his early downfall. Once again, Mayweather is one of the best defensive boxers of all time, but he can still throw a power punch when he needs to do so.
McGregor is more likely than any other fighter that Mayweather has faced to leave himself wide open and if he goes all out in the first couple rounds – it may end with him lying on the mat.
Bovada offers an excellent payout of +700 if Mayweather manages to win in the first three rounds. The payoff is considerably worse at BetOnline, where a win in the first three rounds for Mayweather is +550.
Best Odds for the Fight at Bovada and BetOnline
Both sportsbooks are the at the top of the list when it comes to U.S. online betting markets. Bovada (Full Review) and BetOnline (Full Review) and sister sportsbook, SportsBetting.ag (Full Review), offer excellent bonuses and fast payouts.