McGregor’s Odds Improve vs. Mayweather

When the odds first hit the board for the August 26 superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight champion was a heavy +950 underdog. It didn’t take long for McGregor to move down to +400 at Bovada; at press time, the Irish sensation is even shorter at +375, with Mayweather available at –550.

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McGregor fans appear to be delighted with how his training camp has unfolded. Former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi was brought in to spar with McGregor, and just as quickly left camp after an intense 12-round session that saw Malignaggi either knocked down or pushed to the ground. Clips from that session may have been carefully selected to make McGregor look stronger, though.

There hasn’t been as much news coming out of the Mayweather camp, but he did recently show off a lean physique while relaxing at the REHAB Beach Club in Las Vegas. Rumor has it that MMA star Nate Diaz could be part of Mayweather’s entourage on August 26; Diaz is the last and only person to defeat McGregor (9-1 UFC, seven KOs) inside the Octagon, although he lost their 2016 rematch by majority decision.