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Midnight Mania! Bookies worried as 95 percent of bets are reportedly placed on Conor McGregor

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The number of bets placed on McGregor, as opposed to Mayweather, are so lopsided that bookmakers are beginning to be concerned. While exact numbers are hard to come by, reports that close to 95% of the bets are on the Irishman.

This is worrying for bookies, on the very low chance that somehow McGregor does pull off the upset. An ESPN article highlighted the concern:

"This is like hanging -3 on the Super Bowl and seeing the line move to -8," Jay Rood, vice president of MGM Resorts race and sports, told ESPN, revealing his company's current ticket ratio of 25-1. Last month it was 50-1. "This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts."


"Ultimately, we want to be in a position where we win a significant amount on Mayweather, but we don't want to be destroyed if McGregor wins," John Murray, a manager and oddsmaker at the Las Vegas Westgate Superbook, said. "We don't want this fight to cost us our whole year."

It is entirely possible, of course, that a lot of money will come in on Mayweather’s side before the fight, lessening the risk for bookmakers. I’m certainly thinking of placing a wager; at odds around -400 or -450, less than the odds Mayweather faced against many of his previous, highly skilled opponents, there is a lot of value betting on Mayweather, 49-0 in professional competition.

Just don’t come to me if somehow, McGregor pulls off the impossible with some freak win.


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