Floyd Mayweather ‘Attempted To Bet $400,000 On Himself’
According to ESPN, Floyd Mayweather attempted to bet $400,000 on himself winning his fight with Conor McGregor in under 9.5 rounds – but was stopped by the bookmaker.
The 40-year-old made it 50-0 with a 10th-round stoppage on Saturday in a fight expected to earn him more than $200million.
But in the afternoon leading up to the fight, Mayweather is reported to have tried to place two bets on himself – one winning in under 9.5 rounds, which he did with a minute to spare, and another winning by knockout.
However, he was stopped by doing so as the Las Vegas bookmaker checked whether Mayweather was able to place such a bet. The unbeaten boxer left because of the delay.
Nevada State Athletic Commission does not have any rules stopping fighters from betting on themselves.
“I think that we bet 100 on 9.5,” Mayweather told the news provider after his victory. “I gave my guy six figures to go bet. I have to make sure he bet because earlier today I went to the sports book to bet and they wouldn’t let me bet.”
Mayweather frequently bets on other sports, posting updates on his social media accounts.
Fight fans, too, bet in their millions. Reports suggest the biggest bets on the fight were upwards of $1million, while one UK resident put £650,000 on a McGregor win.
McGregor was defiant after his 10-round loss to the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, questioning whether the fight at the T-Mobile Arena should have been stopped at all.
The mixed martial arts champion opened strongly in the first four rounds of his professional boxing debut before visibly tiring.
Mayweather then came into his own and by the time the fight was stopped, he was landing heavy blows almost at will.
“I thought it was close, though, and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage,” McGregor said.
“I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots.”
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