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Opening Odds for Jake Paul vs Conor McGregor – Will This Fight Happen in 2021?

Cole Shelton

by Cole Shelton in Boxing

Dec 17, 2020 · 9:35 AM PST

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone during a UFC 246 welterweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
  • Jake Paul has called out Conor McGregor to go toe-to-toe in the ring
  • McGregor is set to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, but will he also fight Paul in 2021?
  • Paul have any chance against McGregor

Jake Paul has taken the combat sports world by storm.

Ever since Paul knocked out Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. undercard he began calling out several MMA fighters. He made it clear he wanted to box Dillon Danis, Ben Askren, and even Conor McGregor. Lately, however, he has turned his attention to the Irishman but will the fight happen in 2021?

Will Jake Paul and Conor McGregor Fight in 2021 Odds

Outcome Odds
Yes +190
No -260

All odds as of Dec. 17

Is There A Chance This Fight Happens?

Jake Paul and Conor McGregor may very well fight, it just won’t be in 2021.

McGregor is set to fight Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257, and if he defeats Poirier again, he is in line for a title shot. If that happens, I highly doubt the Irishman would bypass a title shot to box Jake Paul.

Another hurdle in making the fight happen is the fact Dana White doesn’t want it to. In order for McGregor to have a boxing fight, he needs permission from the UFC. At this time, that seems very unlikely to happen in 2021.

“[Conor McGregor] is one of the greatest fighters on Earth right now. He shouldn’t be fighting kids that have f**king YouTube videos,” White said to TMZ and also added there is a zero percent chance of it happening.

Although I do think Paul and McGregor will end up fighting, I think 2022 or 2023 is more likely to happen. It also sells more as it allows for Paul to get another win and McGregor to try and be a UFC champion.

Pick: No (-260)

Conor McGregor vs Jake Paul Opening Odds

Fighter Odds
Conor McGregor -425
Jake Paul +310

Conor McGregor will beat Jake Paul.

Although many would look at the odds and think they aren’t high enough, this is strictly for boxing. If it was MMA, the Irishman would be well over -1000. However, in boxing, Paul does have a chance.

First off, McGregor fights at 155lbs while Paul fought Robinson at 189lbs. The YouTube star will have a size advantage, and that could translate into a power advantage. However, in pure striking, McGregor is so much better than Paul, and his famous line of precision beats power and timing beats speed will be what happens in this fight.

If they do end up boxing, Paul needs to fight a legit boxer or striker to prove he has a chance. He has fought two YouTubers and a former NBA player. Fighting McGregor is a major difference and although Paul has two first-round knockouts, his striking defense leaves a lot to be desired.

Ultimately, in the fight, I expect McGregor to pick his shots and eventually land something big and knock Paul out. Despite the size difference, there is too big of a gap in striking and striking defense. -400 is also a very fair price to pay.

Pick: Conor McGregor (-425)

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