Even as the odds on the actual fight have seemed to settle in, with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather a (-450) favorite to defeat mixed martial artist Conor McGregor (+325), bettors have more than 100 prop bets to keep the action flowing.
That’s per the Bovada online sportsbook, which is currently spreading 140 props on Saturday’s highly anticipated grudge match.
Among the standard props on the board are the “Method of Victory” wagers, which challenge bettors to predict exactly how the match will end. The longshot here is on a draw or technical draw (+3300), but Mayweather backers who have watched the man win many a decision may prefer that result at (+250).
Backing a Mayweather win via knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification is the heavy favorite at (-140).
For McGregor fans hoping to see the Irishman connect with his heavy hands, the KO / TKO / DQ wager (+333) offers decent odds. And predictably, the chances of McGregor lasting all 12 rounds, while somehow outpointing Mayweather in the process, are long at (+1400).
Fight fans can also bet on when the first knockdown or knockout of the match will take place. The best number is (+325) on the sixth or seventh rounds, while the worst is (+550) on a 12th-round collision.
And if McGregor’s boast of downing Mayweather by the fourth round happens to be realized – or the UFC star happens to hit the mat himself – bettors can bring back (+375) on their money.
Another set of odds narrows the knockdown / knockout round bets down to specific fighters.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds are favorited (+500) for Mayweather to send McGregor to the canvas.
Conversely, McGregor’s best shot of landing the upset win – or even knocking Mayweather down for only the second time in his storied career – is the first or second round at (+1400). From there, the odds only get worse with each successive round, culminating in (+5000) for an 11th– or 12th-round haymaker.
Odds on McGregor throwing an elbow in a return to his Octagon form, either with intent or inadvertently, stand at (+700) for “Yes” and (-2000) for “No.” Making his first appearance as a professional boxer, McGregor will need to keep his wits about him to avoid reverting to instinct over form – especially against a noted defensive tactician such as Mayweather.
And while this won’t be a UFC brawl, bettors can decide which pugilist will be the first to see their own blood flow. A bet on Mayweather to shed blood offers (+275), while McGregor is the decided favorite to bleed at (+450).
College football fans can get in on the action, as Bovada asks what there will be more of: total touchdowns scored between Oregon State and Colorado State (-155); or completed rounds in the fight (+110).
Same goes for soccer, with a similar prop asking if English Premier League (EPL) teams Manchester United and Leicester will combine to score more goals (-145) than total knockdowns in the fight (EVEN).
For those predicting a defensive snoozer akin to Mayweather’s other big-ticket matches, a wager on neither fighter losing their mouthpiece (-450) during the bout would seem to be a natural fit. But given McGregor’s status as a boxing neophyte, the (+275) odds on a mouthpiece coming loose are quite attractive.
With hip-hop star Lil Wayne expected to participate in the pre-fight walkouts, bettors can get action down on whether “Weezy” will be wearing a shirt (-180) or not (+130).
Another oddball prop concerns the Twitter habit of President Donald Trump, who has an Over/Under of 6.5 tweets sent on fight day. Seeing as how Trump’s tweet-storms tend to erupt on weekends, the Over is favorited at (-155), while the Under offers (+110) odds.