Conor McGregor Fight Causing UK Betting Records to Fall

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are setting UK sportsbooks alight ahead of their Las Vegas showdown.

Conor McGregor.

UK betting records have already fallen as Conor McGregor (pictured) prepares to take on Floyd Mayweather. (Image: commons.wikimedia/Andrius Petrucenia)

When UFC star McGregor takes on former boxing champ Mayweather on August 26, industry insiders expect between £200 and £300 million to be wagered live and online.

Speaking to The Daily Mail’s sports correspondent Daniel Matthews, Betfair’s Barry Orr said that the fight has captured the public’s imagination like never before.

Despite a number of commentators calling the bout a mismatch given McGregor’s lack of pro boxing experience, Betfair’s exchange has already seen £19.95 million wagered. Even with a few days to go before the bell sounds, this is already a record according to Orr.

Multiple Records to be Broken

The two fighters themselves have already predicted that showdown will break the current box office pay-per-view record of 4.6 million set back in 2015. On that occasion Mayweather was taking on Manny Pacquiao and it was dubbed one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

However, with McGregor crossing over from MMA to take on Mayweather in a boxing bout, interest in the match looks set to reach a new level. Although the final numbers won’t be in until after August 26, Orr expects £100 million to be bet on Betfair alone.

Beyond this, Orr believes high street bookmakers could see as much as £300 million placed on the fight.

Support on Both Sides

At this stage, Mayweather is the favourite and that’s prompted a number of high profile figures to place some money on him.

Las Vegas property developers, Gavin and Joe Maloof, have reportedly bet $880,000 (£685,000) on Mayweather to win the fight. Should the brothers win, they’ve pledged to donate the profit from their bet, £125,000, to charity.

In contrast, former UFC fighter turned media personality Brendan Schaub has placed a number of high stakes bets on McGregor. Following weeks of campaigning on behalf of the Irishman, during which he offered to bet sports pundit Max Kellerman £78,000, Schaub now has more than £20,000 at stake with various bookies.

Should McGregor win, it will not only go against the odds but be classed as one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. In his previous 49 contests, Mayweather has never lost and many believe that a boxing novice such as McGregor barely has a chance of landing a punch.

Regardless of the perceived skill discrepancies, UK betting records have already fallen and, according to the experts, will continue to fall as the fight draws closer.

Share Now: