The big fish are starting to arrive at the Vegas sportsbooks and the big, six-figure bets are being placed, and they’re all going on one man, Floyd Mayweather.
Reports from the Las Vegas Review Journal suggest that one big Vegas sportsbook – The Wynn – now needs a McGregor win after accepting a host of six-figure wagers on Mayweather.
— Todd Dewey (@tdewey33) August 22, 2017
Some sportsbooks are even offering odds of McGregor failing to land a single shot in the opening round, with odds as small as 5/1 on the Dubliner swinging at air for the entirety of the first round.
Conor McGregor failing to land a SINGLE PUNCH in the entire First Round paying as little as 5/1 at some sportsbooks!
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) August 22, 2017
But, according to McGregor’s longtime trainer John Kavanagh, if Floyd makes good on his word and walks forward to engage with McGregor in the middle of the ring, he’ll be in big trouble.
Chatting to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour last night, the Irish trainer said he didn’t think that scenario would play out, however, as he doesn’t believe Mayweather will look to engage with McGregor at all in the opening rounds.
Kavanagh believes Mayweather will look to back off, pot-shot McGregor on his way in and work off the ropes as he looks to tire the Irishman.
And if he employs that tactic, Kavanagh says, McGregor will finish him in the sixth.
But if Mayweather proves to be as good as his word and he stands toe-to-toe with McGregor in the middle of the ring, Kavanagh’s prediction is even more emphatic.
"He will be unconscious in a minute."
Unlike McGregor’s brash statements, Kavanagh’s prediction was calmly delivered with a quiet confidence that his man is about to shock the world.
I’ve seen Conor achieve remarkable feats under the Las Vegas lights before, but this would undoubtedly be his finest moment yet.
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