Isaiah Thomas Out until All-Star Break? Derrick Rose Gains More Importance

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics recently completed a blockbuster trade, where Kyrie Irving is going to the Celtics, while Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, and a 2020 second-round pick go to the Cavs.

Some hailed this as a win for Cleveland because they got a lot after Irving demanded a trade. But the Cavaliers stalled before finalizing the deal due to Thomas’ hip injury.

Cleveland claims that the timetable for Thomas is longer than they expected. And according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, the 5’8″ point guard may not be available until after the All-Star Break:

“No one is willing to put a timeline on when Thomas might return to the court. The fact he isn’t running yet certainly is not a good sign. One source with experience dealing with the type of hip problems Thomas is facing predicted it could be January or even the All-Star break before Thomas returns to game action. That doesn’t leave much time for a new player to establish chemistry and rhythm with a team trying to compete for a championship.”

Lloyd continued by stating that Isaiah Thomas wasn’t Cleveland’s main object because they’re unsure over LeBron James’ future with the team. Here’s more:

isaiah-thomas-celtics“Thomas was never the focal point of these negotiations from the Cavs’ perspective, one source with knowledge of the talks told The Athletic. From the start, the Cavs made clear to the Celtics that James’ uncertain status beyond this season left them prioritizing restocking the cupboards in the event he leaves again. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert remains fixated on James’ future, one source told The Athletic. Had he gotten James to commit beyond this season, this Irving trade might have looked drastically different.

“Instead, Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman focused on a future that might or might not include the best player in franchise history. Now they will have to explain to James why trading for a wounded and undersized point guard, a good wing defender in Jae Crowder, an unknown big man and a couple of draft picks makes them better positioned to compete for a championship this season than they were…”

Thomas Claims that He’s not “Damaged”

Thomas may not have been the focal point of the Irving trade, but he can certainly help the Cavs win now. After all, he averaged 28.9 points per game last season. But now he finds himself defending his ability to come back from this injury.

“I am not damaged,” Thomas told ESPN. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”

kyrie-irving-isaiah-thomasOdds are that Cleveland had a fair idea on the extent of Thomas’ injury, given that it occurred during the Conference Finals against them. Many believe that they used the injury as leverage after the deal was announced to get more from the Boston Celtics. That said, it’s not impossible to see Thomas coming back and being a strong player again.

“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas said. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

The 28-year-old is in the final year of his current deal and wants to make over $100 million in the 2018 free agency period. He did everything to make this happen last year, leading the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals and making All-NBA second team.

But now he must prove that he can still be the same impactful player after injuring his hip.

“[A doctor] told me, ‘I have seen hips worse than yours with guys who played at a high level and had great careers,'” Thomas explained. “At the moment, yes, I am injured, but I have made progress from May.”

Derrick Rose should Play an Important Role

derrick-rose-clevelandWhen Derrick Rose signed with the Cavaliers in July, it was looked at as a marginal deal that would give Cleveland depth.

He was set to back up Irving, who is coming off another stellar All-Star campaign. Now, Rose will be stepping into a starting point guard role for the defending Eastern Conference champions.

It’s unclear how Rose will mesh with the Cavs’ offense because he’s more of a scorer and rim-finisher. Cleveland has mostly surrounded LeBron with three-point shooters who are good at playing off the ball.

Rose is neither of these things, especially a three-point shooter. He shot a career-low 21.7% from beyond the three-point line.

Nevertheless, the former league MVP averaged 18.0 points and shot 47% from the field last year for the New York Knicks. And he’s a more-than-adequate fill-in while Thomas sits for an uncertain amount of time.

What does Thomas do for the Cavs’ 2018 Odds?

isaiah-thomas-celticsOn paper, there’s not a great disparity between Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. One could even make the argument that Thomas is better at rising to the challenge when considering Thomas’ fourth-quarter heroics.

But all of these arguments are a moot point when considering that Thomas is injured. Since he likely won’t play for months, Cleveland’s record will suffer.

When Thomas does return, it’ll take time to get him back to full speed. He’ll also need to mesh with his teammates on court so everybody is playing with good chemistry.

This may not happen in half a season. But Cleveland is still favored to win the East going into the 2018 campaign. The reason why is because LeBron is at the top of his game for the foreseeable future.

But as for if the Cavs are on pace to usurp the Golden State Warriors, nobody sees this happening any time soon. They were thoroughly handled by the Warriors in the NBA Finals and don’t look to be any better after the trade.

Odds on 2017/18 NFL MVP – Who should You Bet on?

jj-watt-mvpOne of the most-exciting NFL futures bets is who will win the MVP. And the reason why this is such a fun wager is because you never know who’s going to win.

Last season, Matt Ryan was a surprise winner after completing 69.9% of his passes, throwing for 4,944 yards, tossing 38 TDs, and boasting a 117.1 passer rating.

Will we have a surprise MVP in the 2017/18 NFL season? We’ll discuss this matter below by looking at some of the hottest betting picks. But let’s first check out the 2017 MVP odds courtesy of GTBets:

  • Aaron Rodgers +550
  • Adrian Peterson +10000
  • Andrew Luck +3000
  • Antonio Brown +4000
  • Ben Roethlisberger +1800
  • Cam Newton +2500
  • Carson Palmer +7500
  • Dak Prescott +2000
  • David Johnson +2500
  • Derek Carr +1000
  • Drew Brees +2500
  • Eli Manning +5000
  • Ezekiel Elliott +4000
  • JJ Watt +10000
  • Jameis Winston +1600
  • Julio Jones +5000
  • Kirk Cousins +6000
  • Le’Veon Bell +2500
  • Marcus Mariota +2800
  • Matt Ryan +1400
  • Matt Stafford +4500
  • Philip Rivers +4500
  • Rob Gronkowski +10000
  • Russell Wilson +1000
  • Sam Bradford +10000
  • Tom Brady +400

7 Players Offering Value with 2017 NFL MVP Odds

1. Matt Ryan +1400

matt-ryan-falconsAs mentioned earlier, Matt Ryan had an outstanding season after throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and finishing with 38 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.

So what’s changed this year? Not much at all. This is why it’s strange to see both Tom Brady (+400) and Aaron Rodgers (+550) with better MVP odds than Ryan. The latter has the best target in the game in Julio Jones, and two running backs with good hands in Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman.

Colin Cowherd may say that Ryan isn’t an elite quarterback. But how can he be anything but with the great supporting cast around him?

2. JJ Watt +10000

There are two reasons why Watt’s MVP odds are so poor: 1) he’s coming off an injury plagued season; 2) he’s a defensive player.

A defensive player hasn’t won MVP in over 30 years. But Watt has a chance when healthy, as he’s proven by being one of the most-dominant defensive lineman of all time. Watt is a great value bet at +10000 odds.

3. Julio Jones +5000

julio-jones-2016Jerry Rice is the only wide receiver to win MVP honors. So Jones has a large hill to climb in this regard. But it’s hard to overlook his chances after two straight big seasons.

In 2015, he caught 136 balls (T-2nd most ever) and tallied 1,871 receiving yards (2nd most ever). He had another big year in 2016, catching 83 passes for 1,409 yards. If the 28-year-old can repeat 2015’s performance, he has a chance to become the second-ever receiver to win MVP. At +5000 odds, we like this pick.

4. Kirk Cousins +6000

Kirk Cousins will be auditioning for a big, long-term contract for the next two seasons. This means that we can likely expect another strong season following Cousins’ 2016 campaign, where he threw for 4,917 yards, had 25 touchdowns, and completed 67% of his passes. The big thing that would help Cousins’ case is if Washington can make the playoffs.

5. David Johnson +2500

david-johnson-cardinalsDavid Johnson was the league’s best dual-threat running back last season. He rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns. Johnson added another 879 receiving yards and 4 TDs on 80 catches.

The only thing missing from Johnson’s campaign is a winning team that draws media attention. The Cardinals were a disappointing 7-8-1 last season. But they have a chance to turn things around this year and position Johnson as a serious MVP candidate.

6. Le’Veon Bell +2500

leveon-bellThe good news for Pittsburgh fans is that Bell will be reporting to the team after a contract holdout. This also ensures that he has some chance at MVP.

Of course, he has teammates Ben Roethlisberger (+1800) and Antonio Brown (+4000) to compete with if the Steelers have a great season. But we like Bell among this trio coming off a stellar year, where he rushed for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns on just 261 carries (12 games).

7. Matthew Stafford +4500

matt-staffordNot everybody is a fan of Matt Stafford’s new deal. But he justified his contract with a solid campaign where he completed 65.3% of his passes for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He’s now thrown for over 4,000 yards in six straight seasons. If he can get in the upper 4000s and adds some TDs, Stafford is a legitimate MVP candidate.

7 Players with No Chance to Win 2017/18 NFL MVP

1. Andrew Luck +3000 – We’re not even sure when Luck will take the field again after shoulder surgery. This could end up being a lost season for the Colts’ signal caller, and it makes him the worst value pick.

2. Ezekiel Elliott +4000 – Maybe Elliott wins his case against the NFL in a federal courtroom. But for now, he’s set to miss the first 6 games of the season.

3. Marcus Mariota +2800 – Mariota showed a lot of improvement in his second season, with 3,426 passing yards, 349 rushing yards, 26 TD passes, and 9 interceptions. But he’ll need an even bigger leap to put up MVP numbers.

4. Philip Rivers +4500 – Rivers has the type of stats to be considered an MVP candidate. But the Chargers haven’t won more than 9 games in the past seven seasons.

5. Russell Wilson +1000 – We like Wilson’s talent, and we like his team. But Wilson just doesn’t put up the numbers to win an MVP award. He’s an especially bad bet at +1000.

6. Rob Gronkowski +10000 – No tight end has ever won the MVP award. We don’t think that even Gronk will change this.

7. Sam Bradford +10000 – He’s a decent starting quarterback, but c’mon…

Why Ohio State will Win the 2017 College Football Championship

ohio-state-football-odds-2017The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off an 11-2 season where they made the College Football Playoff. But most don’t consider this a success for the Buckeyes after they were trounced 31-0 by the Clemson Tigers in the semifinals.

Despite the convincing loss, there’s reason to believe that Ohio State is a bonafide title contender once again. For starters, they’re ranked #2 in the AP Poll behind Alabama.

But there are several other reasons why Ohio State could win their second national title in the last four years. Let’s continue discussing why OSU is the team to beat this college football season.

1. Urban Meyer Wins Championships after Bowl Losses

Head coach Urban Meyer doesn’t take bowl game losses lightly. Instead, he goes out and wins national championships the following season.

Here are the two examples:

  • 2013 – Meyer’s Florida Gators lost 41-35 to the Michigan Wolverines in the 2008 Gator Bowl. Florida came back and beat the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 in the national title game.
  • 2014 – Coming off a 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl, Ohio State won the 2014 championship over the Oregon Ducks by a score of 42-20.

Obviously this is a hard trend to keep up. But Meyer has won 2 of his 3 championships coming off a bowl loss the year before. Can he make it 3-0 with this trend in 2017?

2. The Defensive Line is Back and Better than Ever

The Buckeyes might very well have the nastiest defensive line in college this season. They return everybody from last year’s D-line, including Tyquan Lewis (8 sacks), Nick Bosa (5 sacks), Sam Hubbard (3.5 sacks), and Jalyn Holmes (2.0 sacks).

Overall, Ohio State brings back 6 of their top defensive players from last year. But it’s the line that continues drawing all of the attention.

According to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, this is the “most talented group” he’s ever coached at any level.

“We had a great player in Tampa in Gerald McCoy. Tremendous player, but that was one guy,” Schiano told ESPN. “I go back to my days in Miami in ’99 and 2000, and this is clearly a better group.”

Schiano might be right when looking at the pedigrees of these linemen. Lewis and Hubbard are expected to be first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Bosa, a sophomore, could very well go in the first round when he leaves OSU as well.

3. Senior J.T. Barrett is Back at QB

jt-barrett-playoffsOhio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has had an up-and-down career at Ohio State.

He started his sophomore year, until an injury prevented him from playing in the 2014 CPF. Barrett then battled with Cardale Jones for playing time his sophomore year. And he was heavily criticized after throwing for just 127 yards and two interceptions against Clemson last season.

But there’s nobody else that Meyer wants back in the saddle heading into a potential championship season. Barrett is a fifth-year senior who’s won 26 of the 30 games he’s started in his career. Two of these losses are to the Tigers. But Barrett won’t have to worry about Clemson unless they meet in the CPF again.

The key thing to focus on is that Ohio State returns four of their starting offensive linemen, the starting tight end, the top wide receiver, and the top running back.

It’s rare for a college team to return so much on offense without losing some underclassmen to the pros. But Ohio State has this perfect mix coming back. And Barrett will benefit greatly from the familiarity with this group.

4. Ohio State has a Favorable Schedule

Let’s look at the Buckeyes’ schedule for a moment before getting into this point:

  • Aug 31 – @ Indiana
  • Sept 9 – vs. Oklahoma
  • Sept 16 – vs. Army
  • Sept 23 – vs. UNLV
  • Sept 30 – @ Rutgers
  • Oct 7 – vs. Maryland
  • Oct 14 – @ Nebraska
  • Oct 28 – vs. Penn State
  • Nov 4 – @ Iowa
  • Nov 11 – vs. Michigan State
  • Nov 18 – vs. Illinois
  • Nov 25 – @ Michigan

This isn’t an easy schedule by any means. After all, the Buckeyes must play Penn State, Oklahoma, and Michigan – all of which are ranked in the top 11 to start the year. But let’s break this down further.

Ohio State plays the Sooners on September 9, which gives them nine days to prepare after the Indiana game. They play Penn State on October 28, which is coming off a bye week.

The toughest test may be their rivalry game with Michigan at Ann Arbor. But the Wolverines will be coming off a tough game against Wisconsin, whom, by the way, Ohio State doesn’t play this year. The schedule is set for a perfect run – the Buckeyes just need to execute.

5. This Team has Excellent Experience

ohio-state-football-oddsLast year didn’t end how OSU wanted it to. But this is a group with plenty of juniors and seniors who are coming off a CPF appearance.

They return almost all of their offensive starters, the defensive line, and a couple other defensive starters. The one area where Ohio State lacks experience is the secondary. But the good news is that they have a great D-line that will make the young secondary players’ job easier.

It also helps that the Buckeyes don’t face a gauntlet of top-tier quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield will be the best that they face during the regular season. But he’s a fringe top-10 QB.

In any case, Ohio State has enough strengths that they shouldn’t have to fret over their secondary too much. And these strengths should deliver another national title to Columbus.

Cowboys Odds: Ezekiel Elliott could Delay Suspension into 2018

ezekiel-elliott-suspensionEzekiel Elliott suffered a big setback when he received a 6 game suspension stemming from a domestic violence dispute. And as we discussed before, this now puts the Cowboys in a tough situation heading into their early season gauntlet.

But there’s still hope because Elliott is appealing his suspension. And if this doesn’t work, he can take the case to federal court and potentially delay the suspension until the 2018 offseason.

The federal hearing could be Elliott’s best option because things don’t look good for his appeal right now. Let’s discuss what’s gone wrong for him, along with more on the potential for a delayed suspension.

Team Elliott Suffers 2 Losses

Elliott’s defense team hoped to strengthen their case through 2 ways:

  1. Getting an independent arbiter for the suspension hearing.
  2. Having Elliott’s accuser, Tiffany Thompson, appear for a cross-examination.

ezekiel-elliott-suspension-1Representatives for Elliott wanted somebody besides former NFL executive Harold Henderson to hear his case. The reason why is because the NFLPA doesn’t believe that Henderson is a neutral party. However, commissioner Roger Goodell refused the request and asked Henderson to preside over the case anyways.

Elliott’s camp also asked that Thompson be available for cross-examination at the hearing. But Henderson declared that Thompson’s interviews and notes with investigators wouldn’t be available during the case.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the investigators’ materials may have revealed flaws in the probe and were considered vital by the NFLPA. This gives the NFL a much easier route towards denying Elliott’s appeal.

Elliott’s Federal Court Case

Obviously the appeal process isn’t going smoothly for Elliott. Yahoo also reports that the NFLPA and Elliott’s reps believe that they may have evidence of procedural violations during the investigation. And this could lead to a legitimate challenge in federal court.

Here’s more from Yahoo!:

ezekiel-elliott-cowboys“Sources have told Yahoo Sports that they believe they have it, via some of the same procedural collective bargaining arguments that opened the door for the union and quarterback Tom Brady to sue the NFL in deflate-gate. The sources declined to make the exact violations clear, but told Yahoo Sports that it involves all three of the aforementioned developments: naming Henderson as a partial arbitrator; failing to require Thompson to appear for cross-examination; and refusing to produce investigative material gathered when the NFL interviewed Thompson on multiple occasions.

“The sources also told Yahoo Sports another significant development for Elliott: The NFLPA has once again called upon its most powerful outside attack dog, attorney Jeffrey Kessler. The sources said Kessler will be a significant part of Elliott’s appeal and the likely federal case filing that will occur next. The same Kessler who has waged war with the NFL on multiple high-profile occasions, including representing Brady in deflate-gate and the last antitrust case filed against the league. His involvement is key, largely because he is one of the most versed attorneys in the United States when it comes to the NFL and attacking it on the collective bargaining front.”

Assuming Elliott’s attempts to win the appeal fail, he and the NFLPA are expected to immediately file a lawsuit in federal court.

Cowboys Odds still Taking a Hit without Elliott

Dallas is coming off a 13-3 season, and they have high hopes entering the 2017/18 campaign. But their current GTBets odds don’t necessarily reflect a Super Bowl champion.

We have them at +1400 for winning the Super Bowl, which is certainly good. But they trail or are even with the following teams:

  • Atlanta Falcons +1200
  • Green Bay Packers +1200
  • New England Patriots +250
  • Oakland Raiders +1400
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +900
  • Seattle Seahawks +900

ezekiel-elliottEven with Elliott, Dallas might not jump everybody in the Super Bowl odds department. But it’s not hard to see them moving ahead of some of these teams with Elliott available.

The 22-year-old was the team’s workhorse running back last season, rushing for 1,631 yards and 11 touchdowns on 322 carries. He also caught 32 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown.

Elliott will be a vital part of the Cowboys’ offense in the 2017/18 season. Unfortunately, it looks like Dallas may be missing him for a large chunk of the season. The only way this will change is if he’s able to win his appeal (unlikely) or a federal court case.

$1 Million Bets Made on Floyd Mayweather to Beat McGregor

mayweather-mcgregor-fightHow good are Floyd Mayweather’s chances of beating Conor McGregor in tonight’s fight? Good enough that multiple $1 million bets are now rolling in on Mayweather leading up to the mega match.

According to ESPN’s Dave Purdum, Vegas sportsbooks reported “multiple $1 million bets” this week.

The MGM took a $1 million wager on “Money” Mayweather at -550 odds from a VIP bettor. Jay Rood, MGM vice president of race and sports, said that the money was wired to the casino cage. The wager would earn the anonymous VIP bettor a $182,000 profit if they’re successful.

William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook also reported receiving a $1.2 million bet on Mayweather at -500 odds. This customer paid cash and stands to win $240,000 in profits.

Million Dollar Bets are Pushing Mayweather’s Odds Back Up

mgm-sportsbookA flurry of betting activity on Conor McGregor briefly pulled Mayweather’s odds under -500 across the sports betting world.

We here at GTBets experienced the same thing because our early week odds were -455 on Mayweather and +335 on McGregor. Here’s how the odds sit going into the fight:

McGregor, Conor +400
Mayweather, Floyd -550

As you can see, we’ve added almost -100 to Money’s odds in the last few days. And some Vegas sportsbooks have put him at -600 lately.

Other Big Bets Reported on Mayweather

mayweather-mcgregor-million-dollar-bets“The price is skyrocketing right now,” Rood told ESPN regarding the dramatic line shifts with Mayweather.

The two $1 million bets are the largest known wagers on the fight to this point. They highlight a sudden surge in betting activity surrounding Mayweather. Aside from the $1 million bets that William Hill and MGM took, they each accepted $300,000 wagers on Money.

The South Point sportsbook reported taking two bets worth “approximately” $200,000 on Mayweather within just 15 minutes of each other.

These came just after somebody wagered $50,000 on McGregor at +450 odds. This would earn the winner a $225,000 profit if McGregor can win.

McGregor still Leading the Action

mcgregor-sparringIt would seem that Mayweather is drawing the majority of the betting action when looking at recent wagers. But sportsbooks are still a long way from closing the gap between McGregor and Mayweather.

William Hill reports that even after the $1.2 million wager on Mayweather, they’d face a “seven-figured liability” if McGregor wins.

Westgate SuperBook told Purdum a different story, though. They said for every bet they received on Money, there were 12 placed on “The Notorious.” However, 76 percent of the money was on Mayweather winning. Going further, the average bet placed on McGregor is worth $212, while the average on Mayweather is $8,036.

Recording Breaking Betting Action

Everybody expected the Mayweather-McGregor fight to be big in terms of betting. But few expected the action to be this extreme.

The numbers have yet to come in from every sportsbook. But it’s estimated that Mayweather-McGregor will easily trump Money’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. This match drew a record $60 million in betting action at land-based sportsbooks.

Why All of the Sudden Big Bets on Mayweather?

SPO-BOX-FLOYD-MAYWEATFloyd Mayweather opened this fight as a massive betting favorite. His GTBetst odds were as high as -800 at one point.

But McGregor’s bold predictions and press conference antics have won him plenty of fans since then. And this helped sway some of the betting action his way.

Mayweather’s odds have been dropping steadily ever since. And the $1 million bettors, as well as the $300k bettors, were likely waiting for the lowest possible price.

That came this week, as Money dropped as low as -400 at some sportsbooks. Bettors who waited until this weekend now stand to win twice what they would’ve by betting on Mayweather right away.

Few are expecting anything different than a Mayweather victory tonight. He’s a perfect 49-0 in the boxing ring and has beaten some of the sport’s greatest.

McGregor, on the other hand, has never fought an amateur or professional boxing match. The UFC lightweight and featherweight champion is looking to pull off the biggest upset in boxing history.

McGregor’s long-shot odds are yet another reason why people are willing to bet so big on Mayweather.

Mayweather may Bet $5m on Himself to Beat McGregor

The upcoming Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor fight has spawned countless bets across the globe. And Mayweather may soon place one of these wagers.

The 40-year-old fighter is thinking of making a $5 million bet on himself beating McGregor. This would be odd because those close to “Money” say that he doesn’t normally wager on his own fighting skills.

According to CBS Sports, Mayweather’s confidence is swelling heading into his August 26 fight with McGregor. He’s currently sitting at -455 odds at GTBets.eu, which would net him a $5.5 million winning bet ($500k profit).

The sheer amount of Mayweather’s bet will boggle the average person’s mind. However, this is a small amount for a guy who’s set to make over $100 million on the bout. And Money is no stranger to living up to his nickname with big sports bets.

Here are a few of his large wagers over the years:

Will Mayweather’s Huge Bet Pay Off?

mayweather-betsOn paper, Money doesn’t have much to fear in this match. He’s a perfect 49-0 in the ring and has beaten some of the best the boxing world has to offer. And he’ll be facing a mixed martial artist who’s never fought a boxing match before.

However, Mayweather has been the most humble of his career leading up to the fight. He claims that his age and lack of ring time since 2015 could hurt him.

Of course, this is all necessary in order to sell pay-per-views. McGregor doesn’t have the boxing skills of Mayweather and has long-shot odds of winning. But this hasn’t stopped people from betting on “The Notorious.” He has +355 odds at GTBets, which are far better than his true chances of stopping Money.

While Mayweather may not publicly state his confidence, he’s showing it in other ways. This includes a week-long party that he’s throwing himself to celebrate his own strip club. The week-long bash shows that Money isn’t exactly worried about his opponent.

The Circus has Quieted

mcgregor-mayweather-torontoMany will remember the 4-stop media tour that McGregor and Mayweather did to promote their fight. It was filled with insults, shenanigans, and plenty of four-letter words. But the most-recent media event inside Ka Theatre at the MGM Grand was anything but a circus.

As Yahoo Sports describes, it was “subdued, sterile and businesslike.” Contrast this to the previous press conferences across Europe and North America, where rowdy crowds watched the fighters rant and rave.

“I think after the reception these guys got, they don’t want fans near this place,” said UFC president Dana White, who’s referring to all of the the wild fans who watch Mayweather and McGregor’s press conferences.

“If I was them, and I got booed off every stage in the planet, I wouldn’t have any fans in here, either.”

The truth is that boxing press conferences are typically quiet in contrast to UFC media exchanges. But it’s still worth noting the difference between the previous and current Mayweather/McGregor press events.

Mayweather is Focused Heading into the Fight

floyd-mayweather-boxingMcGregor has done everything to goad Mayweather into a war of words. He’s also tried to get in his head with bold predictions and taunts about Money’s age.

“I will break this old man,” the 29-year-old McGregor said.

“I don’t see him lasting two rounds. I feel I will have the decision to end it within one.”

He added, “I’m going to [expletive Mayweather] up, make no mistake.”

McGregor tried his best during the recent MGM press conference to get in Mayweather’s head. But these felt like empty words as Money barely reacted. He spent most of the time greeting MGM security guards and talking with his business partner Leonard Ellerbe.

Only members of The Money Team really responded. This included trainer and former Olympian Nate Jones, who yelled to McGregor, “Time to get your ass kicked.”

“Not by you, anyway, you little fool, whoever you are,” McGregor yelled back.

Mayweather quieted Jones and told him to “conduct yourself in an orderly manner.” He clearly wanted to avoid any incidents.

McGregor also jumped in.

“Exactly, tell that [expletive] to shut his mouth,” he said. “Carry yourself with class mate or your paychecks will stop coming.”

Despite the brief exchange with Jones, the Irishman wasn’t rattled overall.

“One of his guys started saying something,” said McGregor. “And I was rising, but whatever. This was a lot more subdued.”

“Was the fans not allowed?” McGregor questioned following the event. “They don’t tell us nothing. I didn’t know what it was going to be. I just roll with it now. It was just media today? I’d like to have known that, but hey, whatever. I enjoyed it.”

Can McGregor Beat Mayweather?

mayweather-mcgregor-odds-boxingAs we covered before, McGregor doesn’t have a great chance to win this fight. But does he have any chance at all?

The Notorious earned his nickname by rattling opponents before UFC matches even began. He was fined $25,000 for a press conference shoving match, has stolen opponents’ title bets, and been ordered to do 25 hours of community service for throwing water bottles at Nate Diaz.

But his attempts to gain a mental edge on Mayweather don’t seem to be working at all.

“I’m going to go out there and do what I do best,” said a modest Mayweather. “Fight, be smart, take my time and be victorious.”

He also explained that McGregor’s taunts have had little effect on him.

“We do this every day at the Mayweather Boxing Club,” Money explained. “Every day we have younger fighters and older fighters with a lot of experience going at it, talking a lot of trash and having fighters being in each other’s ears.”

Mayweather also endured a few more barks from McGregor as they posed face to face for pictures.

But none of this has had an effect. And if Money isn’t thrown off mentally, then he’s very unlikely to lose in the ring.

His boxing skills are unparalleled, given that he’s a master at defense and counterpunching. Every mistake that McGregor makes – and there will be plenty – will be punished by Mayweather’s artful boxing skills.

Aside from some divine miracle, Mayweather should run his record to 50-0 with an easy victory.