Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are set to face off in the boxing ring this Saturday, in what is thought to be the most highly-anticipated sporting event of the year, or maybe even history.
Not only that, but it’s also the second-biggest betting event of the year. What event could possibly beat out this major fight? The Grand National, also known as the British horse race. This event takes place in Liverpool, England and had its first run in 1839.
That means that this one fight on American soil has almost enough betting power to beat out a horse race that has been bet on for almost two centuries in the UK. And not only is this fight breaking betting numbers, it’s also bringing in $90 million worth of tickets and $500 million in pay-per-view revenue.
So what makes this fight so special? Simply, there’s never been a fight like this before. It will be the first time that McGregor, a two-weight UFC world champion, will step into a professional boxing ring. This supposed “underdog” will be taking on the undefeated professional boxer, Mayweather.
— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) August 15, 2017
This may seem like a case where the winner should be obvious, but people around the world are already putting their money behind McGregor. The hype around this fight is like nothing the boxing world has ever seen, even more so than the Pacquiao fight.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve never known a boxing match like it, turnover is through the roof and it’s testament to the fight that only the Grand National will see more wagers placed on one event this year.”
“We can’t give Mayweather away for love nor money, and punters are firmly in the McGregor camp whatever the odds on offer.”
And what if he wins? Could the 0-0 McGregor beat the 49-0 boxer that refers to himself as TBE (the best ever)? It would be the biggest upset in history, making this fight truly one of a kind.
— UFC (@ufc) August 21, 2017
Two of the biggest trash talkers, who live up to the hype in their own rings, battling it out for the world to see. Who are you betting on?