Unsurprisingly Mayweather Bets on Himself in Mega Fight

August 25th, 2017


Unsurprisingly Mayweather Bets on Himself in Mega Fight

With the countdown to the long-anticipated mega fight that is Floyd Mayweather Jr versus Conor McGregor well and truly on, the betting public is starting to place their bets online. Unsurprisingly, so is 'Money' Mayweather, having recently revealed his plan to add to his payday by betting on a clear-cut Mayweather win!

Mayweather Betting on a Home Win

Floyd Mayweather is infamous for flashing the cash haul of his recent sports betting exploits – typically amounting to hundreds of thousands of US dollars. His bets frequently venture into other sports, including American football and basketball, but it's no surprise that he has a hawk eye when it comes to betting on the fight game.

On this occasion, he's keeping his bets close to home, by betting on a Floyd Mayweather win against Conor McGregor. With just days left until the pair meet in their Las Vegas bout on 26 August, Mayweather went public on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, revealing what's going down on his Las Vegas betting slip. The five-division champion told Jimmy:

“I'm never going to bet against myself. Never."

Precisely how much cash Floyd is planning on placing on himself to win wasn't revealed, but with odds of 1/4 for a Mayweather victory with William Hill, it's going to need to be sizeable to get a big return.

Associates and friends of the boxer have already placed some huge bets in the US, with Las Vegas property tycoons Gavin and Joe Maloof recently placing a cool $800,000 on the man they see as their 'home-town kid'. The pair are the siblings of reality television star Adrienne Maloof and intend to send the $160k proceeds of a win to charity.

Mayweather Jokes About Refunding Losing Bets

During Tuesday night's live show, Jimmy Kimmel confronted Floyd about his brash confidence, which might lead punters to pile into the champion for an easy payout. In his typically flamboyant way, Mayweather responded by telling Kimmel it's a bet the host can't lose:

"It’s worth it. Whatever you bet and if you don’t win, I’ll give it back to you."

Mayweather also didn't rule out a potential rematch with McGregor in the MMA cage, albeit he didn't offer the same refund guarantee in a fight that would seem to strongly favour the Irishman. Mayweather commented:

"As of right now, we’ve got to get past 26 August. Once we get past [it], then we could talk about other things."

The Ethics of Mayweather Betting on Himself

While sports such as football and British boxing have a strong anti-gambling stance when it comes to athletes placing bets with online bookies, in the American fight game things are much less stringent. There's nothing illegal about Floyd Mayweather betting on himself to win, particularly as the bet will be placed in Las Vegas.

However, should a boxer such as Mayweather start placing bets on specific events transpiring during a fight, the authorities may start firing warnings. Indeed, David Haye was questioned by the British Boxing Board of Control having hinted at placing bets on a third round KO in his WBA title fight in 2010 against Audley Harrison.

The London fighter responded by saying that he didn't personally make any bets, having merely suggested to friends that he fancied a third-round victory – many of whom may have taken the hint.

Bookies Back Floyd and Run Scared of McGregor

While Floyd Mayweather seemingly thinks his odds of 1/4 are great value, rumour has it that Conor McGregor disagrees. If reports are right, the Irish MMA fighter-turned-boxer is set to risk some of his purse to try and cash in on his potentially more lucrative odds of 3/1 with top online bookmakers.

The betting industry in both Las Vegas and the UK is apparently running scared of a shock McGregor victory, with his odds shortening from 4/1 to 3/1. Vice president of MGM Resorts race and sports commented that a McGregor win could be "the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts."

Similarly, Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading at William Hill, has revealed that he’s praying for a Mayweather win:

"All I know is we're less than a week away from making a lot of money or getting clobbered...I never dreamed in a million years that it would create this kind of frenzy."

The fact that both fighters and their entourages are betting big money on the fight already indicates that there's going to be huge sums of cash floating around the event for lucky punters. Factor in the massive publicity and expected global pay-per-view numbers and analysts suggest we're looking at potentially the biggest sports betting event ever seen. If you’re looking to get in on the action, head to William Hill today!

Betting News Articles

League of Leagues: A Deeper Dive into the Premier League
League of Leagues: A Deeper Dive into the Premier League

Dig deeper into the contrasting fortunes of the 65 clubs that have competed in English football’s top flight since 1888. Explore their cumulative match records, managerial impacts, relegation struggle ... Read More

SBTech Launches Add2Bet Live Betting Tool But What is It?
SBTech Launches Add2Bet Live Betting Tool But What is It?

Live betting changed the way gamblers bet online for sporting events. Now SBTech is shaking up the live betting system as well, with a new cutting edge tool called Add2Bet. Crafted with both players a ... Read More

New Celtic FC Sponsorship Boosts Mr Green’s Sportsbook
New Celtic FC Sponsorship Boosts Mr Green’s Sportsbook

The greenest online casino in the game has added a few more emerald strips to its banner thanks to a new deal with Celtic FC. Following an official deal between Mr Green and Celtic, fans of the Scotti ... Read More

Most Popular Sports Franchise in the US Joins eSports Boom
Most Popular Sports Franchise in the US Joins eSports Boom

The synergy between the worlds of sport, gambling and eSports took another step forward recently when the New York Yankees announced a move into the competitive gaming industry, a deal that sees the b ... Read More

Inspired’s Virtual Sports Betting Markets Open at Betway
Inspired’s Virtual Sports Betting Markets Open at Betway

The New York gaming supplier Inspired has recently launched a variety of products in partnership with leading betting and gaming operators. In addition to new games like Rush Football 2, the company's ... Read More

Trump and Major US Leagues Support NJ Sports Betting Ban
Trump and Major US Leagues Support NJ Sports Betting Ban

As the state of New Jersey squares off with the Supreme Court over the legality of a sports betting ban, the 'Garden State' has met some push-back from not only the professional sports leagues, includ ... Read More

Betting Navigation


Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting News


Country Guide