Anyone who bets the “Over” on pay-per-view buys for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight is placing their money — and faith — on a new record.
The most PPV’s sold to-date for any one event is the 4.4 million brought in by Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Here’s how huge that is: No. 2, Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya, had two million fewer purchases.
Still, online sports book Bovada has placed the Over/Under betting line for the Aug. 26, 2017 bout at 4.99 million. In other words, optimists are holding out hope for a cool 5 million.
That’s a big ask, but it’s not unreasonable. Bovada.lv’s sports book manager Kevin Bradley believes the superfight could even top the Super Bowl in terms of money wagered.
“We have had up fight odds since November 18 of 2016 with the hopes that it would take place, and there has been non-stop McGregor money from being a 10/1 underdog to his current line as a 4/1 underdog,” Bradley said in a statement. “We expected more money to come in on McGregor, but not at this level. A McGregor win is already a huge liability for the book and it will only get bigger.”
“I estimate that this fight might be the biggest single decision for us of any single event ever,” he continued. “The overall money and wagers on this may rival the Super Bowl, if not bigger, as we expect anyone and everyone to have a bet on it in some capacity.”
Here are some more Bovada’s lines for Mayweather-McGregor:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor
Floyd Mayweather Jr. -600 (1/6)
Conor McGregor +400 (4/1)
Over 9.5 -140 (5/7)
Under 9.5 EVEN (1/1)
Will the Fight Go the Distance?
Yes +125 (5/4)
No -175 (4/7)
Click here for the rest of Bovada’s odds for the big fight.