Paulie Malignaggi opens as betting favorite for possible boxing match with Conor McGregor

It doesn’t seem likely that Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor will ever meet in a real boxing fight, but that’s not stopping oddsmakers from putting out a line on it. Paulie Malignaggi is angling for a boxing match with Conor McGregor after he’s done with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Malignaggi has opened as a moderate favorite for the proposed bout. This isn’t a bout that’s likely going to happen, but who doesn’t like to see a betting line for mythical fights?

Conor obviously has bigger business to attend to at the moment, but it might be a bit surprising to see that the pseudo-retired former two-weight champion and current commentator is above -200, even against a guy with zero boxing experience (for now).
If you’ve been paying attention to the lead-up to McGregor vs. Mayweather at all so far, you likely know that Malignaggi and McGregor have butted heads in Conor’s camp. The two men engaged in a couple of spirited sparring sessions, with the last one being subject to a disputed Malignaggi knockdown at the hands of McGregor that led to cryptic edited videos, a whole lot of jabbering, and Malignaggi leaving McGregor’s camp.
He has since called for a boxing match with McGregor, which isn’t surprising at all if you’ve followed the brash Malignaggi’s career.
Either way, it’s an interesting line I guess. Even if it doesn’t mean anything right now.

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Report: 95% of bets on McGregor vs. Mayweather are being placed on Conor

It looks like the betting public is overwhelmingly on the side of Conor McGregor with just a few days left before their fight. For now. While it is hard to collect hard, verifiable data on sports betting across the many vendors that accept wagers, all signs are pointing to Conor McGregor being the fighter that people are putting their money on right now. With his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. just a few days away, the line continues to move in McGregor’s direction since people keep putting money on him.
An example is an ABC News article about the $880,000 bet that the Maloof brothers put on Floyd (going against the grain). In the post, they say that “roughly 95 percent of the tickets and 85 percent of the money has been bet on McGregor in recent weeks”. This is backed up by ESPN sports gambling writer David Perdum, who gave the numbers from the MGM Grand:

As of today, there have been 277 bets on Floyd Mayweather @MGMRaceSports. There have been over 6,000 bets on Conor McGregor.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 21, 2017

That again shows that at least 95% of the bets are coming in on McGregor. Another ESPN article shows the alarm that sportsbooks are feeling with such lopsided betting. The numbers are almost absurd:
“This is like hanging -3 on the Super Bowl and seeing the line move to -8,” Jay Rood, vice president of MGM Resorts race and sports, told ESPN, revealing his company’s current ticket ratio of 25-1. Last month it was 50-1. “This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts.”

“Ultimately, we want to be in a position where we win a significant amount on Mayweather, but we don’t want to be destroyed if McGregor wins,” John Murray, a manager and oddsmaker at the Las Vegas Westgate Superbook, said. “We don’t want this fight to cost us our whole year.”
The fact that one fight could swing a whole year for a book is absolutely crazy. But with that being said, don’t expect it to stay this way. Very few people are betting on Mayweather right now because of precisely what is happening in the market – all the bets on McGregor are dropping the odds on Floyd. It made little sense to bet on him at -700 or -800. But at the current line of around -400 to -450? There’s a lot more money to be made there.
In other words, expect an avalanche of bets on Mayweather on fight night, which could send the line moving back in the other direction a bit. And bringing much-needed relief to a sports betting industry that much prefers 50% of betting on either side so they can guarantee a profit.
Mayweather and McGregor meet in a 12-round, 154-pound boxing match in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th.
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Mayweather vs. McGregor video: Watch Floyd Mayweather demolish Arturo Gatti

Before Floyd Mayweather fights Conor McGregor, check out Mayweather’s destruction of Arturo Gatti in 2005. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor is quite possibly going to be the biggest-selling pay-per-view of all time. Mayweather already holds the current record, with his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao pulling in well over 4 million buys.
The very first PPV main event for Mayweather was on June 25th, 2005 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Floyd went into enemy territory to take on WBC 140-pound champion Arturo Gatti, who’d won five straight fights, including the last two of his epic trilogy with Mickey Ward (both non-title). Gatti successfully defended his belt against Jesse James Leija in January 2005, while Mayweather easily dispatched Henry Bruseles in the same month, thus setting the stage for this showdown.
For as much as Mayweather has been disparaged for his “boring” style, “running” in the ring and being labeled as not willing to engage (particularly by UFC president Dana White), what Mayweather did to Gatti was one of the most one-sided beatdowns I’ve ever seen at a high-level of either boxing or MMA. Trainer Buddy McGirt told Gatti he was taking too much punishment, and stopped the fight at the end of round 6. This was a fight the now-deceased Gatti would never recover from, as he was knocked out in two of his final three bouts, and then retired from the sport.
You can watch the full video at the top of the page. At 20:20 you can see Roger Mayweather tell the cameras, “I told y’all he’s gonna get his ass whooped… on HBO!”
We’re almost certainly not getting this version of Mayweather this Saturday night against McGregor, but it’s always good to look back and see some of his classic performances. By the way, Gatti vs. Mayweather pulled in 365,000 buys.
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Cody Garbrandt attempts to clear up controversial comments made to Aljamain Sterling

Cody Garbrandt ended up in hot water after he called Aljamain Sterling “boy” during a Twitter back and forth last week.

According to Garbrandt, he did not know that the word “boy” was “politically incorrect,” but admitted that he should have used another word to address his fellow bantamweight fighter.

“I don’t like that guy,” Garbrandt told Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of The MMA Hour.

“He got all mad because over a year ago I told him that he was overrated. So the guy starts running his mouth and I see a TMZ report that he said he was going to kill me. So I was like, ‘Oh you’re going to kill me?’

“So I took a screen shot and I sent it to him in a DM and he acted like a little bitch and that’s what he is.

“I should have called him a little bitch, not ‘boy’, I didn’t know that it was politically incorrect. I got a shirt that says ‘Hanging with the boys’, I call everybody ‘boy’. You know, ‘what’s up, boy’, I didn’t know that it was politically incorrect.

“I am not in the least bit racist. I have a sister that’s married to a black guy. I have a niece that is a mixed (race) child.”

Garbrandt claimed that the next time he sees Sterling in person he will “f*ck him up.”

“For him to go out there and try to ride off that fame, I told that fool that the next time I see him I’m going to f*ck him up,” Garbrandt said.

“He tried to tell me that I was going to get jumped and all of this, he’s just a bitch and that’s what he is. I should have called him a bitch.

“He’s coming off a win with Barao at a catchweight and I don’t even want to talk about that guy.

“I just know the next time I see him he better have his hands up.”

Considering future matchups, Garbrandt sees fights with Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson as “free money”.

“That’s free money. Both those dudes (Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera) are free money for me.

“After TJ, and Dominick has come back out of retirement, whatever he wants to do, that is all free money. I like free money. I like two checks.

“Dom, Demetrious…what the hell is his name…Oh…Jimmie, and that guy that wears the fake gold chain oh, Aljamain, yeah… all of those cats, that’s free money for me.”

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Ex-boxing champ Algieri: I do think Floyd Mayweather has enough power to stop Conor McGregor

Former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri discusses Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, as well as his transition from kickboxing to boxing. If there’s one person who knows how to transition from one combat sport to boxing itself, it’s Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs).
The former junior welterweight champion was a successful wrestler in high school, even becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater, and later became a professional kickboxer, before leaving kickboxing behind to fully concentrate on a career in boxing itself. Algieri went on to win his first 20 pro boxing bouts, including a comeback win over Ruslan Provodnikov to win the WBO 140-pound belt. Three of his ensuing four fights ended in losses, including a one-sided decision vs. Manny Pacquiao and a brutal stoppage loss to current IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
Algieri was recently interviewed on Talking With TK about UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s chances against Floyd Mayweather Jr, and while he unsurprisingly backs Mayweather to win, he provided some insight into how long it took for him to effectively make the move from kickboxing to boxing.

“They’re boxing, so the boxer is going to win. I do think Floyd has enough power to stop him, he’s fought 20-plus world champions in a row. At that level, every one hits hard. Conor can win a round I think early. Floyd will make him work to tire him out,” Algieri said. (via Boxing Scene)
“Conor could win a round or two on high activity and doing more than Floyd is doing. Although I think Floyd will be setting things up for further rounds. When transitioning from kickboxing to boxing, I was always more of a boxer than a traditional kickboxer. Even still it took me 10 to 15 fights to figure it out.”

Mayweather’s last stoppage win came against Victor Ortiz in September 2011, albeit under crazy circumstances.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, August 26th. The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view.

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John Kavanagh gives two official predictions for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

The predictions of Team McGregor have become one of the enduring traditions of a Conor McGregor fight week, in part because of the startlingly accuracy with which they seem to come true. Whether it was Dustin Poirier in round one or Jose Aldo within the first few exchanges, no one from SBG Ireland has ever been shy about stepping out on a limb to call McGregor’s shot.

That tradition naturally extended out to Monday, when at the beginning of the biggest fight week of their lives, SBG head coach John Kavanagh gave his official prediction for McGregor’s looming showdown against all-time boxing great Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

And for Kavanagh, the result of the 12-round boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor will ultimately depend on one thing: who takes a back step first.

“When the two of them walk to the middle, one of them has to take a back step. If Floyd takes a back step, which I believe he will, then I predict round six,” Kavanagh said on The MMA Hour. “That’s my prediction on it. I think for the first five rounds, he will back up, he will lie on the ropes the way he does, he will cover up and try to just absorb, and try to wear Conor down. That’s how I think he’ll approach the fight.

“If he doesn’t take a back step, and we’ll all see it — we’ll all see their feet, we’ll all see who walks backwards — if he walks forward and exchanges, it’ll be a one-round fight. It’ll be over in a minute. Because he’d be fighting in such a way that’s not normal to him, he won’t have had time to develop the skillset for an aggressive exchanging fighter. Like I said, I didn’t know a lot about Floyd before this, but I did watch his fights for his defensive work. So for him to go in there and try to trade with Conor and not walk backwards, would be so alien to him but so normal for Conor — that’s exactly what Conor’s the best at — he’ll be unconscious in a minute.

“But I think he skips to the middle,” Kavanagh continued, “I think he has his classic hand position, Philly Shell hand position, and he’ll feint and throw a jab or something, Conor will walk forward, [Mayweather will] back up, and he’ll aim to just pot-shot, cover up, cover up, pot-shot, clinch, pot-shot, and just try to get through the first couple of rounds. As I believe that will be the case, that will be the scenario, I think round six, Conor’s hand is raised.”

McGregor, the UFC’s lightweight champion, will be making his professional boxing debut against Mayweather, whose undefeated 49-0 record stands among the legends of the sport. But in a surprise twist, the 154-pound bout will be contested with eight-ounce boxing gloves, rather than the standard 10-ounce gloves for the light middleweight division — a one-time exception permitted by the Nevada Athletic Commission last week after both teams requested the change.

“It is twice the weight of the UFC glove, but it’s half the weight of the sparring glove. It’s a much smaller glove,” said Kavanagh, who admitted he was surprised by the move. “I actually just saw the gloves the other day that he’d be wearing — and I raised an eyebrow, let’s put it that way. They’re small, fast gloves. They will fit in the cracks that even the 10-ounce wouldn’t get into. It’s made me that bit more excited.

“At 147 pounds, [Mayweather] does (traditionally) wear that size glove,” Kavanagh added. “I just don’t know if he’s used to fighting guys that do big weight cuts. That doesn’t seem to be as big a thing in boxing. Mayweather seems to pretty much be at walking weight at 150, 151, something like that. Conor’s about 170, so it’s a big, big difference.”

Mayweather is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive boxers of all-time, however his impenetrable style has often led fight fans to feel burned by the lack of action in his fights — a scenario that played out most prominently in Mayweather’s infamous 2015 contest against Manny Pacquiao. But Mayweather has been signing a different tune in the lead-up to Aug. 26, repeatedly promising to fight more aggressively against McGregor and repay fans for the Pacquiao debacle.

And while Kavanagh hopes that is indeed the case, he doesn’t expect Mayweather to stick true to his words.

“We’ll see, if anything, an even tighter defensive style than he has done in the past,” Kavanagh said. “He is lying when he says he wants to make up for the Pacquiao fight. He does not care about fans, he doesn’t care about anybody else except himself. That’s abundantly clear. So he’s going into this fight thinking, let’s pay off — he’s struggling with his tax affairs, he’s trying to keep all these strippers on the payroll and strip clubs running, and all these kind of things. He’s going in there to try to make a lot of money and get out unscathed. That’s his goal.

“He’s not going in there to trade punches with a 170-pound Irish gorilla. That’s for sure. And for that reason, the way I see it going is a couple of rounds for Conor to break him down and get through that defensive style and open him up, and then when the opening comes, which like I said, I believe it’s round six, land that shot — and that’s all she wrote.”

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Anthony Joshua: I’d be open to an MMA fight, but ‘I’d probably get beaten’

Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua would entertain an MMA fight, but under one condition. WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) is one of the top stars in the world of boxing, even more so after his dramatic 11th round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) in front of 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in April. Unfortunately, there won’t be an immediate rematch, as Klitschko recently announced his retirement from the sport.
Joshua’s name has frequently been in MMA headlines due to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, who has an amateur boxing background and wants to take on Joshua in the boxing ring. Would Joshua ever entertain the idea of actually competing in MMA? Yes, but with one caveat.

“I like fighting, I’d do whatever,” said Joshua. (via Sky Sports)
“I’d probably get beaten. The only thing that they can’t do is submissions, but they can kick, elbow, bite – whatever they want. Just no submissions.
“I can’t beat a guy (via submission). That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for, but when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.
“It wouldn’t be a problem. If you look at most boxers who’ve crossed over to MMA, they get beaten on the ground. James Toney, Roy Jones, they were phenomenal boxers but they just couldn’t compete in the cage because of the ‘ground and pound’ game.”

A couple of things to note here, beyond his admission that he’d most likely lose in MMA:
—Biting definitely isn’t legal in MMA, although it’s not like we haven’t seen it actually happen recently.
—Roy Jones Jr. competing in MMA is news to me. Presumably his little-known MMA background cost him when he was disqualified for hitting Montell Griffin while he was down.
Hey, Joshua could always pull a Ray Mercer and get a stunning KO over a former UFC champion.
Anyway, if you want his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, he unsurprisingly thinks Mayweather wins in a “landslide,” but he did have a little more to say on this Saturday’s superfight.

“Some of the fighters Mayweather’s fought would probably beat Conor McGregor as well; Conor can’t really compete.
“He’s coming out of his field and going into Mayweather’s domain. Even though he’s an excellent fighter in UFC, he’s not an excellent boxer. Him crossing over is going to be a real, big challenge.
“He could give a good account of himself; I think Mayweather will win but as long as he [McGregor] gives a good account of himself, it’ll work really well for him.”

Joshua will most likely return in October against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs). Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, is targeting the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales as the venue.
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Nevada commission’s Bob Bennett: Money had nothing to do with approving Mayweather vs. McGregor

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor has a chance to approach a billion dollars in revenue. It could end up being the biggest money-making combat sports event ever.

Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett, though, said he cannot factor business into his decisions on approving fights. And the dollar signs did not come into play when deciding to sanction and regulate Mayweather vs. McGregor, either, he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“I take a look at each fighter’s record,” Bennett said. “I have a standard operating procedure that I use and when it comes to finances, I don’t even want to hear about it. The money does not enter into my position as an executive director.”

Health and safety of the athletes does and Bennett firmly believes that those two things will not be breached in the Aug. 26 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas more than any other boxing match or MMA fight. The decision to approve the bout has come under some criticism since Mayweather is an undefeated boxing champion — one of the best of all time — and McGregor, though a UFC champ, has no professional boxing bouts on his record.

“Conor is the younger, stronger, the longer, more powerful puncher,” Bennett said. “As you know in the UFC, he fought featherweight, lightweight, welterweight. His record is 21-3 in MMA —17 of those wins have come by way of KO or TKO. So he’s a premier striker, knockout artist. He’s a young, aggressive warrior who believes he’s gonna win. And that attitude unto itself makes it very dangerous.”

Bennett said he sat down with McGregor’s agent Audie Attar three times to make sure McGregor was familiar with the unified rules of boxing and the Nevada commission’s particular rules, some of which are different than others. Bennett said during those meetings with Attar, he watched video of McGregor boxing. He also said he consulted boxing trainers, like Virgil Hunter, who coaches the likes of Andre Ward and other prominent athletes.

Hunter, Bennett said, told him that he has brought in UFC fighter Nate Diaz to work with boxers like Ward, Brandon Gonzalez and Andrzej Fonfara on multiple occasions. McGregor, of course, has a win over Diaz and has knocked him down several times in two fights.

“Mr. Hunter thought that if Nate really wanted to be a professional fighter, he would have been a world-class boxer,” Bennett said. “But instead he chose to go the MMA route.”

Bennett said other commission directors did reach out to him about the fight, some saying they would not have licensed it. Bennett said that was not brought into his or his commission’s choice.

“But seeing is believing,” Bennett said. “Because it is an approvable fight. That didn’t really have any bearing on whether we would approve it or not. I’m known as an executive director to be very conservative in approving fights, whether they MMA or boxing. I have a format that I go by that I had to deviate a little from. Because this is unprecedented. It is historic. Both these guys are phenomenal athletes. I took a real close look at Conor, because everybody knows Floyd. He’s 49-0, arguably the best defense in the history of boxing. Future Hall of Famer. Conor is a young warrior coming up.”

Bennett also is not sure if these other commissions around the country would actually have denied Mayweather vs. McGregor if it came across their desks.

“I do think if this fight came to any other commission, they would more than likely — if they did their homework — they would approve it,” Bennett said. “Based on facts, not on dollars.”

The money, he promised, did not enter his mind when he put a stamp on one of the biggest combat sports events of all time.

“When it comes to the finances, I cut the people off right away, respectfully,” Bennett said, “because it does not enter into the equation on whether or not I approve a fight.”

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