Vegas expects Mayweather-McGregor betting to be ‘bigger than the Super Bowl’
According to Kevin Bradley, the manager of online sportsbook Bovada, the amount of wagers placed on Mayweather-McGregor could surpass even the most optimistic of predictions. Bradley is confident this will be the biggest sporting event of the year.
“We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be,” Bradley told Yahoo! Sports. “The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it.”
So, how much money was wagered on the Super Bowl? Estimates place that figure at $4.7 billion — with a B.
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Yes — it’s plausible that the Mayweather-McGregor fight could draw more than $5 billion in wagers.
Mayweather, naturally, is the heavy favorite, but fans have placed many bets on McGregor because of the odds placed against him.
“One thing is for sure though, we will need Mayweather huge,” Bradley said. “A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster, and is partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.”
McGregor is currently a 4-to-1 underdog, per Bovada. The fight will take place Aug. 26.