Sportsbooks see high series of bets for loser Conor McGregor

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This week’s central proclamation of a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor quarrel generated a flurry of betting movement that caused Las Vegas sportsbooks to significantly trim a contingency on a favorite and left them holding unilateral movement on a loser from a UFC.

When a quarrel was announced Wednesday, Mayweather, an undefeated fighting champion, was listed as a minus-1,100 favorite. But by Saturday afternoon, Mayweather’s contingency had scarcely been embellished in half, down to minus-600 during some shops, as books were flooded by tiny bets on McGregor.

At Caesars Palace sportsbooks, 140 of a initial 144 bets were on McGregor, who was profitable behind around 5-1. Almost all of a early movement was tiny and placed by recreational bettors. One sportsbook manager described it as “square-a-palooza.”

“Everyone and their cousin wants movement on this fight,” a sportsbook manager told ESPN in an email.

More income had been gamble on Mayweather-McGregor in a past dual days during Caesars Palace than had been gamble over a past month on a pretension quarrel between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward that is slated for Saturday night.

The bets on Mayweather, however few and distant between, have typically been incomparable than a bets on McGregor. The Westgate SuperBook took a $50,000 gamble on Mayweather on May 30, dual weeks before a quarrel was done official, and CG Technology took a $45,000 gamble on Mayweather on Thursday.

At a Westgate, 90 percent of a bets were on McGregor, though 79 percent of a income was on Mayweather.

On Saturday, a Westgate expelled contingency on a process of victory, with Mayweather by knockout a large favorite during 5-9. Mayweather by preference is listed during 2-1, followed by McGregor by knockout during 6-1. McGregor by preference pays 30-1.

Mayweather-McGregor will take place Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

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