Friday 20 October 2017

Northsiders back 'Mystic Mac' with their wallets

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Ryan Nugent

Dublin's northsiders are more confident UFC champion Conor McGregor will be victorious in Vegas.

The Crumlin native will go head to head with Floyd Mayweather in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

According to Paddy Power, 85.77pc of all bets placed online by punters north of the Liffey backed McGregor.

This compared to 83.45pc of those from the southside.

More than 80pc of bets taken by Irish bookies ahead of this weekend's mega-fight have backed a McGregor victory - with one punter staking more than €700,000 on 'The Notorious' to win.

The bet, which was made in the UK, would see the punter take in winnings of more than €3m if McGregor was to emerge victorious at odds of 10/3.

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Bookmakers are ranking the interest in the fight as the biggest sporting event of the year. However, Floyd Mayweather has insisted the "Irish believe in me" after one Irish bookmaker paid out on his victory.

Paddy Power has paid out on the outcome already - saying it's in for a potential €12m loss if McGregor follows his 'Mystic Mac' trend of predicting a knockout in his favour.

In an online video, Mayweather said; "I'm looking here online, Paddy Power is paying out right now on my victory, and the fight hasn't even happened yet," he said.

"The Irish fans believe in me," he added.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said while they would like to see McGregor win, "we think a Mayweather victory is inevitable, and paid out - because we checked, and only one of them is a boxer."

Irish Independent

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