The mega-fight set for Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on August 26 between Conor McGregor and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather has smashed bookie records, according to a leading betting company.
According to Betfair, the bout between the two is now the most bet on boxing event in Betfair history with punters already betting more than £11.3 million.
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Tha last record at Betfair was set for the Mayweather bout against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in 2015 where a total of £8.9m in bets were placed.
Betfair is now predicting £50m of wagers will be placed in total by the time the fight starts.
Betfair spokesperson Katie Baylis confirmed to The Sun that the bout has the potential to be their biggest sporting event of all time.
"With £11.3m bet on the outcome alone already, this is now the biggest boxing betting event in Betfair history.
"We expect this fight to trade well over £50m and could even get to the £100m mark, which would be one of our biggest sporting events of all time.
"Floyd Mayweather is the 1/5 favourite, with Conor McGregor at 5/1. As you would expect, most of the money is for Mayweather, however, 40 per cent of bets are on McGregor, compared to 34 per cent on Mayweather and 26 per cent on the draw.
"The biggest single bet was £100k on Mayweather at the start of the month and we are sure to see plenty more bets of this nature as we edge closer to this massive sporting event."