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Mayweather and McGregor.

How Conor McGregor's odds to beat Floyd Mayweather have changed in recent weeks

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Floyd Mayweather - a boxer with a flawless professional boxing record of 49-0 - isn’t going to lose to Conor McGregor this weekend, is he?

When the €1bn fight was announced, it seemed a crazy mismatch with only one winner.

Ok, McGregor may be a UFC champion but to expect him to beat Mayweather in his first professional boxing fight is madness.

However, as we edge ever closer to fight night, there are plenty of people that are starting to believe the Irishman can pull off an incredible shock.

How do we know that?

McGregor's odds

Well, a report from the Independent shows how the odds of a McGregor win have tumbled dramatically since the fight was announced.

A huge amount of money has been placed on McGregor recently with his odds in America falling from +950 to +325 over the past few weeks.

In the UK, McGregor’s odds have gone from 11/2 to 3/1 - with one Londoner placing £100K on him to win.

Conor McGregor Media Workout

Of course, when the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that the fight would use 8oz gloves - rather than the standard 10oz gloves - may have influenced people’s opinion.

But to put McGregor’s shortened odds into context, Mayweather is now better value than every one of his previous fights since 2011 - with the exception of Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez.

That means McGregor is less of an underdog than the likes of Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana (twice).

To consider that McGregor has never taken a step into a boxing ring for a professional fight, that’s pretty remarkable.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour - New York

The odds are 'mad'

“It has become clear that the gamblers’ money is on McGregor. While Mayweather is still the favourite, bettors have overwhelmingly backed the McGregor to win with odds having been cut in half,” said Alexander Kostin from the website bet-bonuscode.co.uk.

“It’s all a bit mad: The fact that one of the best boxers of all time is largely friendless in this fight against someone who has never stepped foot into a ring as a professional. Everything logical says that Mayweather should win but the betting industry is definitely nervous about an upset that could become very very expensive.”

Whether McGregor can cause a major upset and cost the bookmakers a lot of money in the process will be discovered on Saturday night.

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