The big “sporting” event of the weekend is the super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. I’m calling this sport with reluctance because essentially this is a money-making exercise for both fighters and all the hangers on associated with the contest.
The fight brings together an unbeaten boxer and one of the best cage fighters in the world. Mayweather is 11 years older than his opponent but brings years of boxing ring experience to the fight. Unbeaten in 49 professional bouts he is unlikely to lose that record to a man who fights in a cage.
As a betting opportunity this event must be approached with care. The organisers don’t want a quick contest and for the Mayweather victory its when and not if. He could literally pick his moment to end the fight but may play along with the farce by winning by a unanimous decision which is 3/1 with bet365.
A much more worthy meeting is the final of the Women’s World Cup between England and New Zealand on Saturday. England are the defending champions and 3 point favourites over 90 minutes. They have the experience and players to cover that spread.
The Northern Trust is the first event of four in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in golf. Dustin Johnson has a game ideally suited to the host course and he can consolidate his number one world ranking by winning this event.
Chris Froome is on course to win the Vuelta a Espana and join a select band of cyclists who have won the race and the Tour de France in the same year. The Grand Tours in the sport are demanding in the extreme but sadly this weekend Froome’s efforts will be overshadowed by a circus involving fighters from two disciplines.