Nevada Sports Books Could Lose Millions if McGregor Wins

LAS VEGAS — People are putting their money where Conor McGregor’s mouth is.

Though McGregor isn’t expected to leave his first professional boxing match a winner this weekend, if the brash UFC lightweight champ is somehow victorious, Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t be the biggest loser in Las Vegas.

Despite the overwhelming consensus from experts that the 29-year-old Irishman has little chance to beat the undefeated boxing legend this weekend, bettors are overwhelmingly in McGregor’s corner — accounting for 89 percent of all action, according to BetOnline.ag — and could be setting the city’s sportsbooks up for one of its darkest days ever.

“This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts,” Jay Rood, vice president of MGM Resorts Race and Sports, told ESPN.

Before the bout was officially scheduled, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook listed Mayweather as a -2500 favorite, and McGregor as a +1100 underdog. As recently as June, Mayweather — who returns from a two-year layoff — was listed at -800, with McGregor at +500.

With the action continuing to be so one-sided in McGregor’s favor, the fighter who has never lost to a professional boxer in 49 fights is currently listed at -475 to win, while the mixed martial artist is at +325 to win.

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