While he remains retired for the time being, Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks like he could be persuaded to enter the boxing ring one more time, especially for a supposed easy paycheck against two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.
The former WBA and WBC welterweight champion would be at least 40 years old if the mega-fight does in fact happen, but he is also sitting as a giant -1400 betting favorite (wager $1400 to win $100) versus the Irishman, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The two sides appear closer than ever to making the blockbuster matchup happen, and oddsmakers think McGregor would be one of the easiest opponents Mayweather has faced. Keep in mind, Mayweather (49-0) has not fought since 2015 when he earned a unanimous-decision victory against Andre Berto as a monster -3000 favorite.
You have to go back to Henry Bruseles in 2005 to find the only other time Mayweather has been comparable chalk, as he was -2000 then and scored an eighth-round TKO win.
For McGregor, this fight would be unprecedented since he has never been this big of an underdog. At +750 (bet $100 to win $750), he would seem to have very little chance of an upset, although he opened at +950 with Mayweather originally -2250.
The only time McGregor was an underdog in the UFC came when he fought Jose Aldo for the featherweight title at UFC 194 on December 12, 2005. Aldo was knocked out in 13 seconds as McGregor won the first of two titles in the organization, later stopping Eddie Alvarez in the second round at UFC 205 a little less than a year later to become the first fighter in the organization to hold two championship belts simultaneously.
Money has been the biggest snag all along, which is coincidentally Mayweather’s nickname. He has repeatedly said he would not fight again for any less than $100 million, but that may not be an issue much longer.
Instead, the biggest obstacle for Mayweather in order for him to go for No. 50 looks to be McGregor’s contract status with the UFC. If McGregor gets the blessing of UFC president Dana White, who has already offered each of them $25 million to fight, then the dream may become a reality.
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