Mayweather vs McGregor Odds: Mayweather Favored Heavily

After months of negotiations – including times when it felt like a fight would never happen – UFC champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather will meet in a boxing match.

The fight is set for August 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Both McGregor and Mayweather have confirmed the bout via social media.

UFC president Dana White, who has a contract with McGregor, says that the match will happen at 154 pounds, and last for 12 rounds. The Nevada Athletic Commission put their approval on the event, although the Mayweather camp is pushing for a venue change to MGM Grand.

Regardless, the fight is set for Aug. 26 and will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view.

What can we expect when McGregor and Mayweather meet in the ring? Find out as we discuss the odds, fighters, and an interesting weigh-in from one of McGregor’s sparring partners.

Mayweather Favored by a Wide Margin

Floyd Mayweather is 49-0 in his professional boxing career, so it’s little surprise that he’s up big on our line. Here’s a look at how we have the fight right now:

Conor McGregor +500
Floyd Mayweather -700

Mayweather retired last year after racking up 49 wins from 1996 to 2015. He’s easily boxing’s biggest pay-per-view draw, earning $100 million from a 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Given that he was unlikely to ever get a check this big again, and there were no serious rivals left, “Money” retired after a Sept. 2015 victory over Andre Berto.

Despite retiring, Mayweather will step back into the ring as the best fighter of his generation, and one of the greatest of all-time. If he beats McGregor, as expected, it would run his record to a perfect 50-0.

As for McGregor, he’s an elite MMA fighter who’s known for his knockout power. Case in point, he won the UFC featherweight title through a 13-second knockout against Jose Aldo on Dec. 12, 2015.

The Irishman then went on to split non-title welterweight fights against Nate Diaz before knocking out Eddie Alvarez in Nov. 12, 2016 to win the lightweight belt. This makes McGregor the first-ever fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time.

Despite McGregor’s MMA pedigree, he’s being given little chance due to the fact that this is his first professional boxing match.

McGregor-Mayweather Deal Finally Gets Done

mayweather-mcgregor-odds-boxingAs mentioned in the introduction, this fight has been going back and forth since last year. The two tweeted many times about a possible match, although some were skeptical that it would happen.

But White added fuel to the speculation when he appeared on Conan O’Brien and spoke about how he thought the fight would happen due to the massive amount of money involved.

“Is this thing possible? Yeah, I think it’s possible. Do I think it can happen? I do, because there’s so much involved. But it’s a long, long way away from happening,” said White.

White had been in prolonged discussions with Al Haymon, Mayweather’s adviser, since 2017 kicked off. Haymond had to go through White because of McGregor’s UFC contract.

By May 18, White announced that he and McGregor had come to a financial agreement. This meant that a financial split with Mayweather was the final hurdle. And with Money matching his biggest payday ever, both sides are satisfied.

McGregor’s Sparring Partner Releases Telling Video

While both sides were unsure about how likely this fight was to happen, McGregor began training as if it were a reality. And he sparred against former IBF International Welterweight title holder Chris van Heerden as part of his training.

McGregor’s camp released a video that showed the UFC champ holding his own against van Heerden. However, the South African boxer released his own version that reveals him to be dominating the unpaid sparring session (see below).

Van Heerden, who’s 25-2-1 as a professional fighter, explained that he released his own version to show respect for the sport of boxing.

“Because people are tweeting and talking and telling me that Mayweather has his hands full landing on Conor McGregor,” said Van Heerden. “I’m a professional fighter, boxer. And I’m standing up for the sport. I was just making it very clear that, don’t be ridiculous. If I could land, don’t tell me Floyd Mayweather is not gonna land.”

When asked if he thought that boxing was being disrespected, van Heerden said no. However, he wanted to make clear that McGregor won’t just walk into the ring and match up with the sport’s top fighter.

“This is just a platform to prove that in boxing,” he said, “a mixed martial artist taking on a boxer in the world of a boxer, you’re not gonna beat a boxer in boxing taking him on if you come from mixed martial arts.”

Van Heerden Gives McGregor a Puncher’s Chance

Knockouts can happen in any fight, and van Heerden gives McGregor some small chance thanks to his power.

“It would be ridiculous for me to say he has no opportunity, he has no chance,” Van Heerden explained. “Yes, he has a slight chance of pulling it off. He’s a fighter, he’s a mixed martial artist. He can land one big punch. It can happen. This is fighting, it’s two men in the ring. The opportunity is there. He doesn’t have a zero chance of beating or causing the biggest upset in the sport. Yes, he has. In my opinion and I’m gonna stick by it and I’m not afraid to say it, there’s no way he’s beating Mayweather.

“I have nothing but respect for McGregor. There’s no bad blood. I think [he’s] phenomenal. And being a southpaw, it’s gonna work in his favor. He’s got the power to do it. I wasn’t fazed by his power, I wasn’t hurt. But again, we didn’t have 10-ounce gloves on and he’s got some small chance of causing an upset.”

One key point here is that van Heerden and McGregor sparred last year, so the latter has improved somewhat. But on the other hand, he’ll be facing an even greater champion in Mayweather, which makes it questionable how well McGregor will fare.

We shall find out on August 26.

Floyd Mayweather Comes Out of Retirement to Fight Conor McGregor

Famed boxer Floyd Mayweather announced that he’s coming out of retirement after two years away from boxing. Perhaps even bigger news is the fact that Mayweather wants his first opponent to be UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

There are other options, including unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman, rising prospect Errol Spence, and super welterweight fighter Canelo Alvarez. But none offer anywhere near the payday as a bout with McGregor.

The Irish MMA fighter, who comes from a boxing family, has proven just as adept at self-promotion as Mayweather. And for this reason, McGregor believes that he’s the same kind of draw.

But Mayweather has said all along that he’s the “A-side” to this prospective fight. He went on a rant about this shortly after announcing that he’s coming back to the ring.

“When I faced Arturo Gatti [in 2005 in Atlantic City], I went to his turf,” Mayweather explained. “He was the A-side, I was the B-side. I beat him. I didn’t cry. I didn’t complain. When I faced Oscar De La Hoya [in 2007 in Las Vegas], he was the A-side and I was the B-side. I didn’t cry. I didn’t complain. I beat him and I became the A-side.”

Mayweather specifically addressed McGregor during the rant and added that he wants the fight to take place in June.

“For Conor McGregor, I’m coming out of retirement, just to fight Conor McGregor,” said Mayweather. “I don’t want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain, let’s fight in June. You’re the B-side, I’m the A-side. We’re not here to cry about money. I’m tired of all this crying about money and saying you want to fight. You’re blowing smoke up everyone’s [butt], if you want to fight, sign the paperwork.”

Aside from bringing up how he’s the A-side again, Mayweather discussed what motivated him to come out of retirement, while managing to diss McGregor at the time time.

“I probably had silk pajamas on and they kept saying that, ‘Conor McGregor wants to fight. Conor McGregor wants to fight. Conor McGregor wants to fight,’” he recalled. “And to be honest, when they kept saying that, I was really like, to be honest, ‘I don’t know who the [expletive] that is.”

Continuing with the idea that he didn’t know McGregor, Mayweather said he needed two members of his security team to show him who the Irishman was through video footage.

“He’s using my name for leverage,” said Mayweather, believing that McGregor wasn’t serious about the fight.

Of course, on the flip side, Mayweather needs McGregor to make a big payday. The latter is the biggest name in MMA, and he’d no doubt complete a massive pay-per-view.

Mayweather hasn’t fought since Sept. 12, 2015, when he ended his career with an easy victory over the lightly known Andre Berto. At the time, there were no more big names for Money to fight and earn a huge payday, given that he’s beaten everybody else within striking range.

This isn’t to say that McGregor will offer any sort of new challenge. Although he’s on top of the MMA lightweight game and a good puncher, he isn’t a boxer by trade. While boxing is part of MMA, it’s far different than lacing up the gloves and taking on the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

Despite the fact that he’s a decided underdog, McGregor hasn’t backed down on his assertion that he can win this fight. He even stirred the pot by tweeting a picture of one of Mayweather’s “The Money Team” vans burning in the UK.

While it appears that McGregor has the confidence part down, he’s got a lot of work to do in the boxing department. He’s never boxed as an amateur or pro and would need to put in heavy training before June.

McGregor’s biggest UFC rival, Nate Diaz, lent some surprising support to the idea that the Irishman can win – especially in the earlier rounds.

“I think it is a big publicity stunt, but my take on a boxing match between the two is that McGregor, I think he’s got a good chance to make something happen in the first two or three rounds,” Diaz explained. “If anything, two or three rounds. But he’s got an amateur style where he’s only got the good movement, good punches for six, eight minutes. I think that’s too amateur for Mayweather. I’m just saying he’s got a puncher’s chance, if anything.”

Nothing is in writing yet, and McGregor has yet to respond to Mayweather’s comeback rant. But given the potential money on the table, it may be too tempting for McGregor to pass this deal up.

Assuming the fight does happen, you can bet that sportsbooks will be ringing with wagers on the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

WBO Champ Juan Manuel Marquez accused of using Steroids

juan-manuel-marquez-steroidsJuan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) added another huge victory to his storied career after winning a unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado. This wasn’t just any win either as Marquez completely dismantled his opponent, en route to judges scoring the bout 117-109, 117-109 and 119-108.

Thanks to the WBO Welterweight Title belt that he gained from Alvarado, Marquez is on his way to becoming the first Mexican to win title bets in five different divisions. He’s also one of the few guys who can boast of a victory over Manny Pacquiao. But before we go on touting the accomplishments of Marquez, it’s worth mentioning that some steroid accusations are currently being hurled his way.

The most noteworthy accusations are coming via Victor Conte, who became infamous during baseball’s BALCO scandal. Now it appears as if Conte is the one casting stones as he launched a twitter barrage against Marquez over his chest acne:

Wonder if we may start 2 see betting odds suddenly change b4 future fights based upon pimples observed on a boxer at the weigh-in?

Does boxing know that elevated testosterone levels in teen males can cause acne

Did we not learn from MLB? Athletes don’t get bigger stronger faster the older they get naturally

If a boxer walks & quacks like a duck, boxing promoters decide 2 look the other way? The PED problem is growing!

Can’t help but wonder if @bobarum believes Marquez is a clean fighter? IMO Memo @guruscience needs investigation. If it walks & quacks…


You can see that Conte is obviously convinced that Marquez’s impressive, 40-year-old physique and chest pimples are signs that the boxing champion is cheating. Moreover, Conte believes that boxing has a much larger problem with doping. But not everybody agrees that a great physique at an older age means a boxer is automatically juicing.

BoxingNews24 writer John Kelvin is one person who doesn’t buy into the belief that Marquez is using steroids. In fact, he thinks that people need to spend more time appreciating Marquez’s career. Below you can see a couple of things that Kelvin wrote as a rebuttal to the steroid accusations:

This accusation has been floating around since Marquez linked up with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, before his knockout victory over his great rival Manny Pacquiao. Juan Manuel Marquez has never failed a drug test in his career, so there is no evidence to suggest that he is doing anything illegal. It is disrespectful of some fans to throw such such damaging accusations at a great fighter who has given so many great nights and fights to the world. Marquez has got to the level he is at in his career due to hard work, determination and discipline.

Prior to his fight against Mike Alvarado, fans were highlighting the acne on Marquez’s chest as another sign of alleged illegal supplement taking.  That acne could have been a result of almost anything, such as a rash. The most common cause is that Marquez is 40 years old and his body may simply be changing as a result of aging. That is what happens when you age, your body begins to change as some of the people reading this will know.

Like Kelvin points out, Marquez only has a few fights left in his career. So unless it can be proven that he’s juicing, Conte and fans may be off-base by quickly jumping to conclusions about the chest acne that he displayed leading up to the Alvarado bout.

One of Marquez’s final fights may be a fifth match against Pacquiao. Both fighters have been accused of juicing, so Kelvin’s plea for appreciation will likely fall on deaf ears. In their four-match series thus far, Pacquaio holds the edge with a 2-1-1 record. But the last victory belongs to Marquez, thus setting the stage for a mega-payday if these two meet in the ring once more.

Bernard Hopkins calls for Future Floyd Mayweather Fight

bernard-hopkins-floyd-mayweatherThe ageless Bernard Hopkins continues to defy logic after beating Beibut Shumenov to keep his IBF Light Heavyweight title and to win both the WBA (Super) and IBA Light Heavyweight belts. This marks the third straight win for Hopkins and his second IBF title defense.

So what’s next for the 49-year-old? Well, he’s hoping that a fight with Floyd Mayweather is, which would be a fight of epic proportions – both from a financial and historical perspective. “The only thing I want to know before I leave this game is that I gave it all,” Hopkins said. “It’s another page. Every page is history. Money is great but history is something you can’t get rid of.” But before this mega-fight can happen, Hopkins knows that first thing’s first.

He wants to take on Adonis Stevenson for his World Boxing Council belt, provided Stevenson can win against Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara. And Hopkins isn’t afraid of making this even more of a challenge, saying that he’d take on Stevenson in his home country of Canada. “I want to be the undisputed champion by the end of this year. Between now and January 2015, let’s do it,” he said. “I set out to be the best in the light-heavyweight division. I’m thirsty for that like I was at middleweight.”

bernard-hopkins-trainingIf everything falls into place for Hopkins, he would love to fight the welterweight Mayweather at middleweight. Currently 174 pounds, ‘The Executioner’ dominated the middleweight division for a decade, which included 20 title defenses. “I’ll give anybody a run for their money. If they are unbeaten I will take their 0, give them their first loss,” he said. “I could make 165, 168 real comfortably.”

As for Mayweather, he’s 45-0 and chasing Rocky Marciano’s legendary mark of 49-0. “Money” needs just four more victories to tie Marciano, but he’s also worried about his place in history, which could easily be furthered by moving up in weight and fighting Hopkins. “After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there,” states Hopkins, “I know what I would call it ’50-50.’ He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge.”

floyd-mayweather-alvarezThe light-heavyweight champion has great respect for Mayweather, listing him at number one on the pound-for-pound best boxers list. Hopkins puts Andre Ward at number two and himself right underneath these two stars. “After that, I’m not too far from that number three. I’m not out there fighting creampuffs.”

With Hopkins proposing such a legendary fight, boxing fans will no doubt be hoping that the stars align to where he can meet the living legend Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather dominates Canelo Alvarez, despite Judging Controversy

floyd-mayweather-alvarezDespite being heavier than his opponent and coming in with a near-untarnished 42-0-1 record, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez couldn’t offer Floyd Mayweather much of a challenge. The latter dominated from the opening bell and quickly turned this into a lopsided fight.

The statistics say everything as Mayweather landed 232 punches while Alvarez managed to connect on just 117 punches. Most of this huge discrepancy came through jabs as Mayweather won this battle 139-44. Considering the numbers from this fight, it’s no wonder why Alvarez conceded, “He was simply too good.”

Apparently though, Money wasn’t good enough for one of the three judges, Cynthia J. Ross. It’s questionable whether Ross saw the same fight that Alvarez even admitted he lost handily, as she evenly scored the bout 114-114. Despite Mayweather landing double the punches as his opponent and controlling the large majority of the fight, Ross somehow still scored it a draw.

After hearing her decision, Mayweather couldn’t control himself as he said, “What the f**k is that?” This sentiment was shared by everybody else who was on hand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins was one of these people as he said, “”It was so one-sided. I don’t care who it is, when it is not right, it is not right. I don’t know where it came from.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Canelo AlvarezAs for the other two judges, they scored the fight 116-112 and 117-111, indicating that they didn’t think it was a total blowout. However, the three Showtime television analysts were on board with the blowout theory since none of them gave Alvarez any more than two rounds.

So what did Money himself have to say about the judging controversy? Well he wasn’t looking to cause any controversy following his latest title defense. He simply said, “The best commission in the world is the Nevada commission, so I’ll leave it in their hands. (Ross) I think, could be older. I believe it’s a woman, she could be kind of older.”

With his latest victory, it’s pretty clear that Mayweather is not only better than everybody in his weight class, but also dominant over those in classes nearest to him. Many people thought that he was taking somewhat of a risk, moving up to fight Alvarez at a catch weight. But Money’s skills made this fight look more trivial than anything that could tarnish his still-perfect 45-0 record.

Following yet another major title defense, it’ll be interesting to see what Mayweather decides to do next. Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer seems unsure as he said, “I’ll sit down with Floyd and we’ll have to put together another big fight again. But from what we saw tonight, it doesn’t matter who you put in front of him. He can beat them. He’s a once-in-a-generation fighter.”

One possible candidate is unbeaten world junior-middleweight champ Danny Garcia. He dominated Lucas Matthysse earlier in the night and seems like he can’t be touched by any 140-pound fighters. Seeing as how Garcia is interested in moving up to welterweight, the big fight between him and Mayweather could happen.

But for now, Money can celebrate yet another title defense in his illustrious career. And his legacy has advanced a little too for taking a fight with Alvarez that few people thought he’d take.

Floyd Mayweather training like a Madman for Fight against Canelo Alvarez

floyd-mayweather-boxingThe last time Floyd Mayweather stepped into the ring, for a May 4th bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, he earned $50 million. This was easily one of the biggest payouts in boxing history, and one that would surely make a fighter lose their hunger.

But here we are less than three months after the Guerrero bout and Mayweather is already back in the gym, training for a September 14th fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The latter has an impressive 42-0-1 record and is coming down in weight to fight Mayweather at a catch of 152 pounds.

Seeing as how Alvarez is the one dropping pounds and already considered the more powerful fighter (30 KO’s in 43 fights), he’s definitely got a shot against “Money.” On the other hand, Alvarez doesn’t have the big fight experience that Mayweather does, which is why most predict Money to run his record to 45-0 following this bout.

floyd-mayweather-boxing-1With Mayweather favored to win again, you’d think that he might be half-assing his training and expecting another easy judges’ decision. However, the truth is that the 36-year-old is training just as hard as ever and taking nothing for granted.

Leonard Ellerbe, who’s the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, is just as impressed with the boxer’s work ethic as anybody. “One of the things that amazes me all the time about Floyd is that he works and trains like he’s never made a dime in boxing,” said Ellerbe. “It’s incredible to see a man who has made a couple of hundred million dollars in this business pushing himself the way he does. He’s a perfectionist.”

To listen to the promoter speak of Mayweather’s incredible training efforts, you’d think that Alavarez will have no chance in September. “An off day for him is when someone might catch him with a jab.” Ellerbe added, “And if they do, he’s angry, and he’s got to figure out why and fix it. He’s so hard on himself.”

Veteran boxing writer Kevin Iole recently described the astonishment that Mayweather’s work ethic leaves boxing industry veterans with. Iole wrote the following about Money’s training efforts:

Across the ring, former world champion Cornelius Boza-Edwards, who runs the gym, sidles up to a familiar face. He watched the last few minutes of Mayweather’s workout with an almost stunned look on his face.

“Did you see that?” Edwards said. “I’ve been around boxing for many, many years, and I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m totally serious when I say this, but he’s ready to fight tomorrow.

“He started on Monday, and it was like he’d been here for six weeks already. I honestly can say that in all my years in boxing, I haven’t seen a thing like it.”

> on June 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.The praise for Mayweather doesn’t stop here. Al Mitchell, who coached him 17 years ago on the 1996 Olympics team, was also at a recent workout. He said, “What he’s doing now, dominating this era, it’s kind of like Sugar Ray Robinson, and what he did in his era. The big guys, they all have their time. Sugar Ray had his time. Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, they had theirs.

“Roy Jones, of course, but Roy wasn’t skilled like Floyd. He was just so fast, and we knew that when the speed went, well, you know. But Floyd, he was a very coachable guy and he always wanted to be good. What people don’t realize about him is how competitive he is. He’s always worked so hard on the smallest things. He learned very early in his boxing life that the small things mean a lot. And now, you’ll see him do moves in there that are, to tell you the truth, extremely hard, but he makes ’em look easy.”

Despite the positive reinforcement from Mitchell and others, most boxing purists don’t place Mayweather with legends like Sugar Ray, Ali and Leonard. The general consensus is that he’s a great boxer, but has no other greats in his generation to push him to the top.

But even with this being said, one can’t penalize Mayweather for going undefeated and taking a fight against Alvarez that many thought he wouldn’t take. With no competition in his own division, Money decided to battle the top guy in a larger weight class. Whether this helps his cause remains to be seen, but at least Mayweather is doing everything he can both in and out of the ring to further his place in history.