Floyd Mayweather mega-fight with Conor McGregor has smashed bookies records, according to a leading betting company. Punters have splurged more than £11.3MILLION with one bookmaker on the cross-sports bout which will take place on August 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
It is now the most bet on boxing event in Betfair history.
The last record of £8.9m in bets was set by Mayweather when he collided with Filipino slugger Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
Betfair are predicting a staggering £50M of wagers will have been placed on the fight in total by the time the first bell rings.
Katie Baylis, a Betfair spokesperson, said: “With £11.3m bet on the outcome alone already, this is now the biggest boxing betting event in Betfair history.
“We expect this fight to trade well over £50m and could even get to the £100m mark, which would be one of our biggest sporting events of all time.
“Floyd Mayweather is the 1/5 favourite, with Conor McGregor at 5/1. As you would expect, most of the money is for Mayweather, however 40 per cent of bets are on McGregor, compared to 34 per cent on Mayweather and 26 per cent on the draw.
“The biggest single bet was £100k on Mayweather at the start of the month and we are sure to see plenty more bets of this nature as we edge closer to this massive sporting event.”
Mayweather vs McGregor Fight in 19 days at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26.
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Viewing Guide
Date: Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Watch: Showtime (PPV)
Rules: Standard Boxing, 10-ounce gloves, 12-round fight
Weight Class: Super Welterweight – 154 Pounds
|Floyd Mayweather Victory||-700|
|Conor McGregor Victory||+500|
Tale of the Tape
|Floyd Mayweather||Name||Conor McGregor|
|Grand Rapids, Michigan||From||Dublin, Ireland|
|49-0 (26 KO)||Record||21-3 (18 KO)|
|5-Division Undefeated Champion||Achievements||2-Division MMA Champion|
|$1.3 billion||Earnings||$34 million|
The buzz surrounding Conor McGregor has reached a fever pitch over the past few weeks and it seems to have given the public an itch to bet on the Irishman. There’s been a flurry of bets in the five-figure range, including a reported $35,000 wager at South Point sportsbook for a McGregor victory by knockout at 6-1. Another person bet a total of $150,000 on a McGregor win at William Hill sportsbook.