The odds for a hypothetical MMA match-up between boxer Floyd Mayweather and pro-wrestling superstar CM Punk have been revealed and the resulting figures may come as a surprise to most.
Last year, when the worlds of both boxing and MMA were both turned on their respective heads to allow the insanely lucrative meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to happen, for every fan who salivated at the prospect of seeing these massively influential figures in the ring together there remained one who saw the entire spectacle for what it actually was.
And though the fight itself was by no means a stinker, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fan of either sport who is holding their breath for a rematch.
It may have been a case of wishful thinking when we incorrectly assumed that August’s event would be the last we would hear of any other potential cross-over bouts and sure enough, in recent times Floyd Mayweather has been making sure his name is never too far from the headlines.
Despite possessing no known training in the multi-faceted game that is mixed martial arts, Mayweather has been all-too-happy to add fuel to the fires that concern him potentially making the switch from the ring to the octagon.
Now, anyone who knows anything about combat sports in general will know that if Mayweather were, in fact, to do what he has hinted at and face Conor McGregor in an MMA fight, his odds of winning would be so low that the resulting bout may well amount to little more than a walk in the park for the Irishman – and a rather ugly one at that.
But now, in a recent development that could well be even more off-putting than the first, the rumour mill has been rampant with talks of Floyd making his MMA debut against the former-WWE superstar CM Punk, a rumour Team Mayweather themselves started.
Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, made his pro-debut on the main-card of UFC 203 back in 2016 and was quickly dispatched by the hotly-tipped up-and-comer Mickey Gall after a vicious beating early in the first round.
Brooks had been training with RoufusSport alongside the likes of Anthony Pettis and Tyron Woodley for quite a while before making his first attempt inside the octagon and if word from those around him is to be believed, he has not allowed his setback to stop him from pursuing his goal of fighting again.
According to BetDSI (via Bloody Elbow), Punk has been given -300 odds, making him the favourite over Floyd’s +220. Simply put, in order to make $100 on a winning bet on CM Punk, you would have to bet $300.
A representative of the betting site spoke to Bloody Elbow and broke down exactly why they saw things that way.
“If they fought in UFC, Punk would probably destroy him. Punk’s size will come into play, and he’s been grappling with high level guys for some time now. He’ll get the fight to the floor and finish Floyd. Punk via ground.”
That’s a pretty sizeable favourite right there.
The MMA experience does seemingly fall on the side of Punk, however, but what these predictions fail to take into account is the years of fighting experience the veteran Mayweather would bring with him into the octagon. It’s hard to know exactly how this one would play out but in truth I think a lot of fans would be quite happy to leave this admittedly ridiculous match-up alone.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena