Mayweather big favourite for McGregor fight

Floyd Mayweather (AFP)
Floyd Mayweather (AFP)

Cape Town - Unbeaten American boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite to walk out the ring victorious in his bout against UFC star, Conor McGregor.

READ: When and where you can watch Floyd Mayweather battle Conor McGregor

The pair are due to face off on Saturday, August 26 in Las Vegas in a fight that's expected to result in a $100 million pay day for both combatants.

However, the fight has drawn sharp criticism from all quarters, with former heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis saying he "won't be spending his money watching", while promoter Kathy Duva said the fight is "bad for boxing" and the backlash from the exhibition will "dog the sport for years to come".

Mayweather, 40, has been retired since beating Andre Berto in September 2015, a victory that improved his career record to 49-0.

Ireland's McGregor, 28, has never had a professional boxing match and only dabbled in the sport as a teenager. His UFC record stands at 21-3 with his most recent fight a win over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

Leading SA bookies Sportingbet has installed Mayweather as 2/7 favourite, with McGregor on offer at 13/5. The draw can be backed at 33/1.

Mayweather is 3/4 to win via TKO, KO or DQ while McGregor is 16/5 to emerge the winner in the same fashion.

The fight will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2 from 05:30 (SA time) on Sunday, August 27.

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