Mayweather vs. McGregor – Will UFC Fight Happen?
The Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor boxing match was nearly the most bought Pay-Per-View of all time. The “Money Fight” generated 4.3 million buys, second behind Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquaio, from May 2015, which sold 4.6 million.
Mayweather TKO’d McGregor in the 10th, but McGregor did start the fight strong before he became lethargic in the ring and Floyd’s experience showed late. Now, there are rumors that Mayweather is training to compete in UFC, potentially fight in McGregor’s weight class and take on Notorious in the octagon.
Is Mayweather Really Going To UFC?
It’s tough to know if he’s serious, but he did post a video to his followers stating that he was beginning training. TMZ Sports caught up with him a week ago, and he stated, that “I am serious about this.” The UFC welterweight titleholder, Tyron Woodley, has also indicated that he is going to begin training with Mayweather this week. However, Mayweather is quoted by the Daily Mail, as saying that “right now, it’s 50/50, but I’ve already started training and hopefully be fighting within a year, really don’t know yet if I am going to fight. Everything takes time.”
It’s tough to envision him having much success at 41 at MMA, especially if his goal is to face one of the top fighters in the sport. Chael Sonnen has gone on record that “Money” will fight again but will do so because he’s broke and that he won’t head to UFC, but back to boxing.
How can Mayweather be broke? Well, he’s a notorious spender and poor money manager and even before his fight against McGregor he was already in trouble with the IRS. Mayweather asked a court before that fight if they could forestall any action on IRS-related liabilities until after he got his paycheck from the fight.
Early Bovada Sportsbook Odds
Knowing the betting handle generated from the previous fight between these two – Bovada.lv, an online sportsbook, already has odds for the potential McGregor-Mayweather UFC bout. As you can see, McGregor is a massive favorite. Mayweather initially opened as a more substantial favorite for their boxing bout at -2250 and McGregor +950. However, after the fight became official, the odds moved down to -600 for Floyd and +400 for McGregor. Clearly, that market was too efficient, because it was evident that Mayweather had almost no chance of losing that fight.
In this fight, we may see a similar situation, with McGregor ending up as a clear value once the contest is officially announced. -900 has implied odds of 90%, which seems a bit low. McGregor wins a UFC fight against a 41-year-old who has never fought in the octagon close to 100% of the time.
Many called the last fight a “circus” due to the considerable advantage Mayweather had on McGregor. If this fight happens – McGregor has a far more significant edge in UFC than Floyd did in the squared circle. He’s still a value at the current odds, and if the line drops like it did for the last fight, then he’s a steal and one of the best bets in a long time. We’ll keep you updated on a potential Round 2 of this super fight.