- Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather reveals a bout with UFC fighter Conor McGregor is possible
- Ladbrokes Australia launches betting market on potential fight
The UFC has undoubtedly become the world’s foremost and popular fighting division in recent years, but the rich and extensive history of boxing means it will always have a place on the global sporting stage.
We are poised to witness one of the biggest cross-code promotions ever to hit world sport, after undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather revealed a fight with UFC star Conor McGregor is “possible, you know.”
Countless boxers have thrown in the gloves for the full-body advantage of the UFC, but rarely does a fighter cross back the other way and for their shot at a more traditional fighting title. If there’s one athlete who has the confidence to make a jump back the other way, it is Conor McGregor.
Seldom are two competitors of different sports able to meet head-to-head, and when considering the feats accomplished by both as well as their incredible star power, a fight of this calibre has simply never occurred.
Mayweather recently retired from boxing after claiming his 49th win from as many bouts with a unanimous points decision over Andre Berto, while McGregor’s career is in something of a limbo after losing to Nate Diaz and falling into a feud with UFC boss Dana White. There has never been a better time for a fight like this to eventuate.
In anticipation of this absolute blockbuster that now appears to be in the ‘when’ phase rather than ‘if’, Ladbrokes Australia is pleased to offer punters the ability to place a bet on the Mayweather vs McGregor fight.
Initially, Mayweather was installed as a clear $1.40 favourite but has already heralded plenty of interest; firming into a quote of $1.15.
McGregor, known for his superior abilities on his feet rather than on the canvas remains an outside chance of winning the fight at current $5.50 odds.
Ladbrokes Sports Manager Dan Brennan said that should it go ahead, the Mayweather vs McGregor fight will be huge, but Mayweather deserves his tag as resounding favourite.
“There has been a lot of talk about the fight recently. All is not well with McGregor and the UFC and not selecting him to fight at UFC 200 was the ultimate bruising to his big ego,” Brennan said.
“The UFC will want a lot of money to release McGregor from his contract however if it does go ahead, the interest in this fight will be phenomenal. Mayweather vs Pacquaio smashed box office records but this would be on another level.
“Mayweather is a boxer and McGregor is a fighter. Mayweather is 49-0 and his record speaks for itself. McGregor would have to knock him out to win and if it went past three rounds, he would be jabbed to defeat!”
The Ladbrokes Australia Mayweather vs McGregor market is not ‘All In’, and bets WILL BE REFUNDED if the fight doesn’t take place in 2016.