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SportsWatch: Mayweather vs. McGregor: It could be the most heavily bet boxing match in history

A ballyhooed boxing contest between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may turn out to be the most vigorously bet in history, eclipsing the estimated $50 million to $60 million in wagers on Mayweather’s defeat of Manny Pacquiao more than two years ago.

Some experts are forecasting that betting on Mayweather-McGregor, set for Saturday at about 9 p.m. Eastern time, could top $70 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Comparatively, betting on the Super Bowl, usually the most watched televised event of the year in the U.S., draws average wagers of about $120 million.

Mayweather, who boasts an undefeated record at 49-0, is the heavy betting favorite against Irish-born brawler McGregor, whose core competency is mixed martial arts and who is the reigning Ultimate Fighting Champion Lightweight titleholder at 155 pounds.

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