Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have yet to hash out the details of their potential megafight but that hasn't stopped Las Vegas from opening up the gambling floor.
The Westgate Superbook, one of the biggest spotsbooks in Las Vegas, is already accepting massive bets on the outcome of Mayweather-McGregor. 42 bets have already been placed at the Superbook, according to ESPN, and that number will surely grow.
Mayweather and McGregor have been dancing around the fight for months, perhaps with negotiations playing out like a Floyd fight typically does. It's all about leverage, and Westgate seized an opportunity to start raking in cash while the wait goes on.
With any sports bet comes odds, of course, and the odds are heavily in Floyd's favor at this point. Mayweather was initially a huge -2500 favorite, while McGregor had the larger payoff at +1100. The odds are now -900 for Floyd and +700 for Conor.
40 of the 42 bets that the Westgate Superbook has taken have been for Conor, with the largest being a $1500 bet for The Notorious to come out victorious. There are stipulations that come with this sort of bet on a fight that isn't even a fight yet., though.
Westgate is stipulating that the match must be a boxing bout and take place by May 13, 2018. If that is not the case, all bets will be refunded. That leaves just over a year for the fight to take place, which seems like a reasonable amount of time for this thing to actually happen.
"Most fights that are not official don't garner much handle until officially becoming announced. I'm not surprised by the McGregor support, just that it has come without an official fight announcement," SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman told ESPN.
Mayweather most recently spoke of the fight, acting uncertain about his ability to compete with the younger and more powerful McGregor through 12 rounds. Floyd hasn't fought since an underwhelming sendoff against Andre Berto in September of 2015.
"I’ve been off for a couple of years. I’m 40 years old now so I’m a lot older and he’s still in his 20’s – I’m in my 40’s now. So, I mean, that can play a major key, we don’t know and he’s a heavy hitter so we’ll just see. We don’t know," Mayweather told TMZ Sports.
Perhaps that shred of doubt, and the ticking clock on Floyd's age, has helped shrink the odds that were once heavily in Mayweather's favor. Either way, folks are ready to put money down on what would be one of the biggest superfights in history.
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