"There's plenty of money on a guy who has never been in a boxing ring", said Jimmy Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point resort.
The out-of-retirement best boxer of his generation America's Floyd Mayweather will face the UFC's biggest star, Ireland's Conor McGregor, in Las Vegas. If Mayweather wins, the customer would win $240,000.
Always meticulous in his preparations, it is unlikely that Mayweather has ever faced a southpaw with McGregor's power and style of movement before, and unlike his previous 49 opponents, there is little or no footage of McGregor sparring for him to study. He is coming out of two years of inactivity to fight McGregor, the UFC star who is 21-3 as a professional.
Oddessa said bettors backing McGregor are doing so not based on value, but on emotion.
'This will be Conor McGregor's last fight also'. Bettors like to be reminded they can win, and the extra betting on football generated by McGregor bettors at the books will help ease some of the pain.
"Floyd came out and out-boxed him (Alvarez). I think the fight will be 100 miles an hour from the first bell and McGregor will get the victory".
Representing the UFC side of the spectrum, MMA fighter Derek Brunson, a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is also rolling with "Money" Mayweather to top the "Notorious" McGregor.
"We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on", said Larry Lovelace, a doctor and the president of the organisation.
After the fighters weighed in, the Irish fans gathered in the stands, concourse and lobby and sang several different songs to cheer on fellow countryman Conor McGregor. "You've got two of the most popular athletes in their respective sports, especially with McGregor". He could earn $250 million to McGregor's $70 million.
America's Joe Cortez, who worked four of Floyd Mayweather's fights, including the 2007 defeat of Ricky Hatton, spent six weeks in McGregor's training camp as he prepares for Saturday's fight with Mayweather at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.
Despite what is by most barometers a massive mismatch there is global fascination in the fight that could prove to be the richest in boxing history. ESPN projects that it will make $606 million.
Although the exact figures that the fight will generate depend on a number of variables such as pay-per-view sales and ticket sales among others, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed on Friday night that the minimum purse for each fighter. The 40-year-old hung up his gloves in September 2015. "The crowd is excited and wants to see this fight". If McGregor is shook at all by this stage, he certainly has not shown it. A fighter can fight, but Conor is good.
Regardless, he's going to get more money. Bookmakers say as the fight draws closer the heaviest influx of money will come, especially on Saturday. "He's stepping into somewhere he has never been before. That's the worst shape I've ever seen him".
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