- Floyd Mayweather stops Irishman Conor McGregor in the tenth round
- Mayweather’s victory avoided disaster for bookmakers as PaddyPower revealed 80% of all bets taken on the fight were on McGregor
The talking ended in the small hours of the morning and so did the fight, Floyd Mayweather’s stoppage of Conor McGregor in the tenth round saw the 40-year-old American extend his record to 50-0 overtaking the legendary Rocky Marciano’s 49-0, but in truth there were no real losers.
MMA Champion McGregor went into the fight as massive underdog but handled himself admirably and in making it to the tenth round, actually landed 30 more punches on Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao managed to land on ‘Money’ during their bout in 2015.
Mayweather has the unbeaten record, an even more healthy bank balance and ensured boxing’s reputation remains intact whilst McGregor has gone from well-known MMA fighter to instant multi-millionaire and A-list superstar who enhanced his fight reputation with an impressive account of himself inside the ring.
Bookies breathe a sigh of relief
It is not just the fighters who came away happy, book-makers breathed a sigh of relief when referee Robert Byrd step in to end the fight 1m 05s into the tenth round (although McGregor insisted the fight was stopped to early).
Paddy Power Casino revealed that 80% of all bets they had taken on the fight had been laid on McGregor and it is likely that is a similar scenario across the board.
The Irish online casino were so confident that Mayweather would win, that they paid out well before the fight for punters who had backed the American (a fact which Mayweather himself picked up on by wearing PaddyPower boxers at the weigh-in).
A McGregor win would have cost the Irish bookmaker at least £10 million but there were still a few punters who laid big on the ‘Money’.
William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook reported a cash bet of $1.2 million on -500 odds, which raked in a whopping $240,000 profit whilst ESPN reported that one wealthy VIP casino guest at the MGM Grand hotel lumped $1 million bet down on Mayweather at -550 odds for a healthy $180,000 profit.
What’s the next big fight?
Mayweather v McGregor captured the imagination of the world’s population whether a fan of boxing or not. Everyone had an opinion on the fight and the whole event from start to finish was one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events the world has ever seen.
But now it’s over what next? Boxing and MMA continue in their ‘proper’ format with heightened reputations but retired American boxer Pauli Malignaggi appears to be doing his best at angling for a fight with McGregor as the former sparring partners fell out.
A fight between the two is unlikely but for boxing fans there is another whopper on the horizon as Middleweight superstars Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin go toe to toe at the now famous T-Mobile Arena on the 16th September.
Golovkin will be defending his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles and for a true match-up of boxing superstars, this is a fight not to be missed, Golovkin is favourite but expect this one to go the distance.
Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin odds
- Golovkin 8/13
- Alvarez 11/8
- Draw 20/1
Odds courtesy of Betfair Casino
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