Millions of dollars were put on the line by those betting on the money fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Although the fight seems to have fallen short of the financials and pay-per-view buys of what is still the richest fight in combat sports in Mayweather vs Pacquiao, the “MayMac” fight did shatter one combat sports record in Las Vegas.
According to VSIN, Nevada state’s Gaming Control Board released figures on Friday morning stating that roughly $65 million was wagered on the 2017 money fight between Mayweather and McGregor. This shattered the previous boxing wager record set by Mayweather and Pacquaio in 2015, which handled $50 million.
“We estimated — from the books we talked to, and that was about 90 percent of the books — there was in excess of $62 million wagered on that fight,” said Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
By the way the lines moved with a lot of money being put on McGregor as the underdog, Las Vegas was surely relieved when Floyd Mayweather stopped the UFC lightweight champion in the tenth round of his professional boxing debut.
Although a new record for the sport of boxing, the estimated $65 million falls very short of the biggest event wagered on in Las Vegas. The last Super Bowl in February starches the boxing record by over twice as much with $138.5 million handled in the state.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/29/2017.