Fight night tips: Finding the value in Mayweather v McGregor
We make our bets - and offer some quirky picks - for the eagerly anticipated boxing v MMA showdown in Las Vegas.
Let’s face it, Floyd Mayweather is almost definitely going to beat Conor McGregor on Saturday night.
The American’s current price of is very generous considering both his pedigree and the fact he’s not fighting a professional boxer.
Admittedly, there’s not much fun in backing such a short favourite, but there’s plenty of value to be found if we dig down to the specifics.
Mayweather’s last seven fights have all gone the distance, and he hasn’t knocked out an opponent since his sucker-punch victory over Victor Ortiz in September 2011.
Money’s punches have clearly lost some pop over the last few years, and it’s unlikely that he’ll have the power to do much damage given McGregor will likely outweigh him by at least 10lbs on fight night.
The Irishman has never really been hurt in the UFC, with his only defeat more a result of fatigue than a big shot.
No matter how uncompetitive this fight may be, he should have the chin to go the distance.
A Mayweather win on points is a fine bet at .
McGregor’s MMA instincts mean he will probably look to clinch often and, if he is well behind on the scorecards, he will likely look to rough Mayweather up in search of a knockout.
For that reason, the #BetYourWay pick of no knockdowns in the fight, McGregor to have a point deducted and Mayweather to win on points is also a smart choice at .
Outside the ring, this has been one of the most eagerly anticipated boxing matches ever.
With the majority of fans from two separate sports likely to tune in, it has been tipped to break all pay-per-view records.
Dana White has already claimed that the bout is on track to receive more buys than Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao in 2015, which seems a reasonable bet at .
The 4am GMT start time means it might struggle to do similar numbers in the UK, however.
The sheer size of the event means there are certain to be plenty of celebrities in attendance, and it should be relatively easy to deduce which ones will be pictured ringside.
Sylvester Stallone is among the favourites at , and is worth backing considering he’s already posted about the fight on Instagram.
Another actor worth punting on is Denzel Washington, who achieved meme status when he turned up dressed like this at Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao.
He’s a huge boxing fan, and with TMZ reporting that he’s purchased ringside tickets, he’s got to be backed at .