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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing Odds

Nurmagomedov vs Mayweather Jr. Betting Odds

After having millions of eyes on his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6, Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov looks to move from the Octagon to the boxing ring to try to knock off undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. The 50-0 orthodox boxer has opened as a -2000 favorite with the UFC lightweight champion coming back at +900.

Nurmagomedov took to Instagram to call out Mayweather with Money’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, standing right beside the Russian. Khabib cited that Floyd was unable to knock Conor down in their superfight in August 2017 but at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov landed a flush right hand in the second round to knock the Irishman down. Additionally, the UFC champ said there can only be one king in the jungle with both fighters holding undefeated records, Mayweather at 50-0 and Nurmagomedov at 27-0.

Odds Analysis

The original odds for Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. had the boxer opening at -2250 with the two-division UFC champ coming back at +950, so it’s a little surprising to see Khabib open slightly higher at +900. The Eagle is known for his impressive gas tank and terrific wrestling, with the latter not helping in a boxing match. However, Nurmagomedov did show big improvements in his standup, electing to stand and trade with McGregor for most of the third round, the lone round he lost, and also landed the right hand that knocked The Notorious down in the second round.

But Floyd is a different beast. The man is 50-0, with 49 of those wins coming against professional boxers while No. 50 came against McGregor last year. Mayweather is a masterful boxer who has cardio for days with an impenetrable defense. He has held multiple world titles in five different weight classes and beaten the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo Alvarez, Andre Berto and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Breaking down Mayweather vs Nurmagomedov

Khabib may have one thing that McGregor didn’t and that’s cardio. When Conor fought Floyd, as soon as the fight hit the sixth round, McGregor was gasping for air, while Mayweather hadn’t even broken a sweat. I don’t expect Nurmagomedov to bull-rush Mayweather the way McGregor did and as seen in the Octagon, we rarely see the Russian fade through 25 minutes of grinding wrestling with aggressive ground and pound. Many people have criticized Khabib’s standup as sloppy, but he does have sneaky power and has shown an OK chin, eating some shots from McGregor and power punchers like Michael Johnson, Rafael dos Anjos and Edson Barboza.

Mayweather will do what he always does, drag his opponents into deep waters, picking up the pace the longer the fight goes, putting money in the bank as he works the body and looks to finish the fight in later rounds when he’s fresh as a daisy and his foes are looking for a way out. As mentioned above, the Michigan native has a nearly impenetrable guard that he throws up when his opponents get near him and head movement that is matched by nobody. Very rarely has the 41-year-old been hit by hard shots throughout his career, which has led him to a perfect 50-0 record and the ability to still perform at a high level.

Can you blame Khabib looking for the money fight after the Nevada State Athletic Commission has withheld his $2-million payday for his victory over McGregor at UFC 229? He may get a portion of that purse back but at this point, he still has to face the commission to determine what, if any, penalties will come of the brawl that ensued after the UFC 229 main event. Mayweather knows how to promote a fight and make his money, and although Khabib may not be as well known as McGregor, if this fight is booked there will be plenty of eyes watching.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing Betting Odds
Khabib Nurmagomedov+900
Floyd Mayweather Jr.-2000

Odds as of October 30 at Bovada

Nurmagomedov vs Mayweather in MMA

Well, the door has now opened that Khabib and Mayweather Jr. will trade in their 10oz gloves for 4oz gloves as UFC president, Dana White has come out and said if the two were to fight it would happen in MMA rather than boxing. This is an absolutely horrendous idea for Money as he would have no chance of stopping the Eagle's wrestling. There are people that have trained wrestling for the majority of their lives and Khabib rag dolls them and it would be much, much worse if Floyd enters the Octagon.

Odds have been released for if this bout is ever to occur and, as expected, Khabib is a heavy favorite at -900 with the undefeated boxer coming back at +550. If you thought James Toney vs Randy Couture back at UFC 118 was lopsided, this fight would be an absolute landslide for Nurmagomedov. Quite frankly, -900 is actually decent value for Nurmagomedov in this fight as he should be somewhere around -2000 or more much like the reverse for Mayweather on the boxing side.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. MMA Betting Odds
Khabib Nurmagomedov-900
Floyd Mayweather Jr.+550

Odds as of October 30 at Bovada