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View From Down Under: All Eyes on Sunday Afternoon’s Mayweather-McGregor Superfight

Few boxing matches in recent decades have been as keenly anticipated as this weekend’s superfight between undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor.

Down in Australia, we are no different, and unlike several of Europe’s premier sporting events, we don’t even have to set the alarm clock for this one, as it’s going to hit our TV screens at the user-friendly time of 2 p.m. on Sunday on the east coast and midday in the west.

While Mayweather is the bookie’s favorite, money is pouring in for an upset by fan favorite and underdog McGregor. On paper, the fight is a no contest.

Mayweather’s boxing credentials are impeccable, including 49 wins from 49 professional bouts across five weight divisions, 29 of which came by knockout.

As an amateur, he won an Olympic bronze medal as a featherweight at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

McGregor, on the other hand, has never stepped foot inside the ring but is the reigning UFC lightweight champion and former featherweight champ.

But 29-year-old McGregor’s strategy is simple, vowing to knock Mayweather out early.

The 40-year-old Mayweather, meanwhile, has made much of McGregor’s lack of finesse and ring experience, and has questioned his weight and ability to last the demands of a boxing match.

“Let him keep praying about weight and fatigue. All he’s doing is praying,” McGregor said this week. “But he’s praying to the new god of boxing.”

Predictably, Mayweather is the favorite at $1.23 (-435) for the win, with McGregor at a tempting $4.40 (+340).

While punters are hoping for a rich payday from the bout, there is little doubt the fighters will be the winners.

Estimates vary wildly, but Mayweather is said to be set to pocket as much as $253 million for the fight, with McGregor making in the region of $126.5 million.

Closer to home, there is plenty to play for at the top of the AFL ladder when third-place Geelong takes on the impressive Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

Geelong will need to be at its best to beat the Giants, after suffering from slow starts in three of their past four games, including a come-from-behind 11-point win over Collingwood last week.

The Cats are paying $1.81 (-123) for a win, with GWS on $2 (+100) to leapfrog them into second spot.

Seventh-place Melbourne, meanwhile, face a tough challenge of their own in the last match of the regular season when they take on Collingwood.

The Magpies have nothing to lose and pushed flag contender Geelong to the limit last week despite missing eight players from their top 22, earning them odds of $2.25 (+125) this week.

The Demons, who just managed to hold off the bottom side Brisbane last week, is on a less than confident $1.63 (-159).

The NRL competition is entering its last weekend before the finals, with Brisbane looking to hold off Parramatta for second spot on Thursday night.

The fifth-place Eels beat the Broncos by 14 points just four weeks ago and the $4 (+300) on offer to repeat the feat will get plenty of attention. Brisbane, at $1.25 (-400), will be determined to turn the tables.

The third-place Sydney Roosters will aim to end a six-game losing streak against the Cronulla Sharks and clinch a top-four finish into the bargain.

The fourth-place Sharks beat the Roosters 44-12 at home last month and are paying $1.80 (-125) for a repeat, with Sydney on $2.02 (+102).