Atlantic City was sure to be watching the spectacle that surrounded the recent boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor with envy. Many people believe that the city could use its own spectacle like the fight to boost its local economy. However, there are also many who believe that the chances of a similar type of spectacle coming to Atlantic City in the near future are slim.
Atlantic City Overlooked For Big Events
Atlantic City is continuing to struggle, although things are looking better than they were a few years ago. This is largely due to the fact that many neighboring states now also offer casinos. In the past, Atlantic City played host to many high-profile boxing matches. Sadly, most promotors head straight to Las Vegas these days and overlook the city.
The fact that sports betting is also legal in Sin City plays a big part in this, as boxing and gambling have always gone together. The recent boxing match turned out to be very successful for Nevada sportsbooks, breaking previous records. Atlantic City did its best to capitalize on the fight, with special viewing parties, and after parties.
However, this was a far cry from the days when it hosted these high-profile events. These included boxing matches with Mike Tyson when he was at the height of his career in the 1980s.
Mayweather McGregor Rematch Odds
Atlantic City will also hope that its coming court case to legalize sports betting will go its way. This will certainly help attract high profile events in the future.
During the boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor, it has been reported that as much as 90% of all tickets were on McGregor. It comes as no surprise then that many people would love to see a rematch. A rematch is very unlikely though, as Mayweather has said his third retirement is final and he won’t be coming back.
Despite this, sportsbooks are taking bets on the possibility of a rematch. It’s a long shot though, as the odds are currently at +700. There are some that are even taking bets as to whether the rematch will take place in a UFC octagon ring, but the odds on this are +3300.