What’s Next for Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Circus?
As we roll in to 2019, there are many uncertainties over what will happen in the year ahead in combat sports. Will Brock Lesnar get back into the Ocatgon? Who will his opponent be? Will Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have a rematch? Or will Anthony Joshua fight one of that pair first?
While the nature of combat sports always means you do not know what is around the corner, there is one thing that is certain to happen next year: There will be rumour upon rumour upon rumour about Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s next move.
WWE rumours abound on social media
That doesn’t mean they are going to fight each other of course, as it seems both men have been linked with everything from kickboxing matches in Japan to entering the WWE Royal Rumble. Most of it is nonsense of course, fuelled by fans of the fighters or media companies to generate clicks and headlines. Indeed, it’s not even clear if either man will step into a ring – any ring – in 2019.
For Mayweather though, it seems likely that an announcement will come soon about a rematch with Manny Pacquiao at some point in 2019. Not everyone wants to see this happen, but the money will be two big for either to turn down. The original date was supposed to be December, so those that do want to see it happen shouldn’t have to wait too long.
Mayweather still favoured over Pacquiao
Indeed, bookmakers have already set odds on the fight, with Mayweather given odds of 4/11 to win and Pacquiao 2/1 (William Hill). If they fought to a draw, another money-making rematch would be on the cards at 20/1 – so don’t rule it out. If you want to full breakdown, you can check out this detailed Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao betting guide from the team at Free Bets.
Of course, there is always the chance that McGregor and Mayweather meet under MMA rules. The Irishman is favoured in this case, given odds of just 1/9 to beat Mayweather, who is priced at 11/2 (Betfair). What are the chances of this happening? Not very high it seems. Betway have a betting market on who McGregor’s next opponent will be, and Mayweather ranks at the very bottom at 28/1. Tempting though, if you have the inside scoop on Mayweather’s schedule.
Khabib rematch on the cards
Indeed, according to Betway, McGregor’s next opponent is likely to be a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. That’s given odds of 5/4 to happen, with Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson at 15/8 and 5/2 respectively. It’s also interesting to point out that Khabib’s star has also risen to such an extent that bookmakers are pricing him for as of yet unconfirmed matches. Most intriguing of all is the potential match up with Ferguson, which sees Nurmagomedov only slightly favoured at 4/7 (BetStars) and Ferguson given odds of 5/4. The fight could be a doozy though.
So, there you have it – a tangled web that will only get more complicated as the likes of McGregor and Mayweather put more gasoline on the fire and start the rumours flowing again. It’s not abundantly clear that any of these fights will occur next year – but it’s a certainty that we will once again pay the PPV money and suck it all up.