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- McGregor vs. Pacquiao odds have Manny Pacquiao as a huge favorite at -1200
- Conor McGregor is a massive boxing betting underdog at +700
- This fight could happen by the end of 2020 or early 2021
Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the UFC right now. No other fighter in the promotion moves the needle like McGregor, although the likes of Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya and Colby Covington are trying their best. However, the issue is that McGregor has fought for the UFC just once since October 2018. Lately, he is usually in the news for getting in trouble. But then, out of nowhere over the weekend, McGregor vs. Pacquiao odds floated through the social media channels.
No Surprise Who Is Favored In These McGregor vs. Pacquiao Odds
That’s right, the Irish UFC star is rumored to be in talks with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. Of course, the good folks at BetOnline have some boxing betting odds for you for this potential clash and it should come as no surprise that Pacquiao has opened as a monster favorite at -1200. Meanwhile, McGregor comes back the other way at +700. The news came about as McGregor is in a running battle with the UFC and president Dana White over contract negotiations. Also, McGregor isn’t happy about his inactivity under the UFC banner. He would like this fight to happen by the end of the year, or in early 2021. The chances of this fight actually happening are boosted by the fact that McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, is also the manager of one Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao (who has a boxing record of 62-7-2) hasn’t fought since a split-decision win over Keith Thurman in June 2019 to win the WBA super-welterweight title at 40 years old. He is ranked second in the welterweight rankings by ESPN, and since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015, Pacquiao is 5-1 and you could argue that he should have won his unanimous-decision loss to unheralded Jeff Horn in July 2017. Pacquiao is still a formidable challenge for most boxers in his weight class. So, why would McGregor want to take this fight?
You Know Exactly Why Conor McGregor Would Take This Fight
One reason: money. In his loss to Mayweather in August 2017, McGregor said that he made around $100 million. That is easily more than he has made from the UFC in his career. That being said, it is a much different landscape now with the coronavirus pandemic. The fight would probably have to be held in an empty arena, unless the two parties might want to wait until they can have fans. Then, there are the pay-per-view numbers, which Showtime revealed as 4.3 million buys in the United States. After watching the Mayweather fight, would that many people watch him fight Pacquiao, who isn’t as polarizing as Mayweather?
Which Side Of The McGregor vs. Pacquiao Odds Should You Bet On?
As for who would win this fight, you’d have to give the massive edge to Pacquiao, who is the sports betting favorite for a reason. He is an eight-division champion who is still pretty active, despite also sitting in the Senate in the Philippines. Pacquiao will likely engage with McGregor more than Mayweather did. That means McGregor might have more opportunities to land punches on Pacquiao.
That being said, Mayweather said that his plan was to let McGregor punch himself out, which he did over the first three rounds. Pacquiao doesn’t have that kind of patience. But Pacquiao also has more power than Mayweather, which means an earlier knockout is possible as Mayweather scored a 10th-round TKO win over McGregor. Look, the fact is that McGregor is a fantastic MMA striker, one of the best that MMA has ever seen. But he is not a professional boxer and would be hard-pressed to beat a middling boxer. To beat one of the greatest of all time might be a step too far.
If you want to take a risk in these McGregor vs. Pacquiao odds and bet on the Irishman, by all means, go ahead; scared money don’t make money, so the saying goes. However, a Pacquiao knockout win by the sixth or seventh round is what I would bet on.
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