Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor is getting roughly the same odds to defeat boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. as Miguel Cotto did when “Junito” went 12 rounds with “Money” back in 2012.
Let that sink in for a moment.
“Notorious” is currently a +450 underdog for his debut in the “sweet science,” despite the fact that it’s coming against one of, if not the best pugilist to ever step foot inside the squared circle.
Mayweather is “only” a -700 favorite, according to Odds Shark.
That’s a far cry from the -2000 “Money” line issued roughly one year back. Since those opening odds, McGregor went 2-0 thanks to a decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 and then his technical knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
McGregor was able to agree on financial terms with his current employer (details), if and when a Mayweather fight ever takes place. Now it’s just a question of whether or not “Money” was actually serious about this boxer vs. MMA fighter spectacle, or simply trolling the combat sport community for kicks.
It’s not like he has anything better to do.