So, what happens when the most polarizing personality in boxing takes on the most polarizing personality in MMA? Polarizing oddsmaking, that’s what.
Twitter quickly boiled over Friday morning when reports of a possible boxing matchup between undefeated and retired (?) champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC featherweight title holder Conor McGregor surfaced, with fight fans’ reactions ranging from volcanic excitement to a slow shake of the head.
One sportsbook wasted little time capitalizing on this buzz. Online booker, SportsInteraction.com quickly posted odds, not only on the potential Mayweather (-10,000) vs. McGregor (+1,500) bout but if the estimated $154-million fight ($144 million for Mayweather/$10.1 million for McGregor) would even take place…
Renowned boxing and MMA oddsmakers agree with those fight odds, also setting Mayweather at -10,000, but isn’t going to be sending out this option to his sportsbook clients anytime soon.
We believe that if you took Mayweather out of the boxing gloves and placed him into any other sport – “Ronda Rousey would ippon Floyd Mayweather into obscurity in a judo match just like Tony Ramos would tech Floyd in wrestling match” – he would be a sizable underdog. And on the other side of the argument, if you placed other accomplished martial artists and combat athletes into a boxing ring with the man known as “Money”, Mayweather would make quick work of them.
Mayweather has been in retirement since picking up win No. 49 over Andre Berto last September but there have been rumblings of a return to the ring in recent weeks. He does have some verbal history with McGregor, who once told reporters we could, “knock Mayweather out in 30 seconds.” McGregor’s future in the UFC is up in the air after being pulled from the main event of UFC 200 in July for refusing to attend a promotion press conference in Las Vegas in April.
According to certain sources, the mythical Mayweather-McGregor showdown would be strictly boxing rules with McGregor forced to drop 25 pounds before the fight, and was reportedly agreed to on May 2 but has yet to have an official fight date.
The latest rumor swirling about is that Santa Claus will FINALLY face the Easter Bunny on the undercard. Hey, can we get some odds on that one too?