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Floyd Mayweather: A History Of Gambling

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Floyd Mayweather: A History Of Gambling

With a net worth reported to be more than $500 million, it was entirely just when Floyd Mayweather altered his nickname from “Pretty Boy Floyd” to “Money Mayweather”. The biggest earner in professional boxing history collected an eye-watering $1.1 billion during his undefeated career. 

However, it isn’t the ring where Mayweather enjoys making his money. The Michigan-born superstar is a business owner, but more interestingly, he loves to gamble – often positing the tickets and specifics of his large winnings on social media. If he’s visiting his home state, Michigan online sportsbooks gladly accept the stakes put up by “Money Mayweather”. 

Most recently, Mayweather collected $42,500 when fading his old rival Canelo Alvarez, who lost to Dmitry Bivol earlier this year. 

Through Mayweather’s promoted betting success, the 45-year-old isn’t as quick to display his losing tickets, but past reports suggest he’s lost millions of dollars. With that said, nobody is interested in losing tickets, and the vast winnings he’s collected over the years seem to outweigh the losses, so let’s look at some of Floyd’s most notable betting victories to date.  

$477,000 Profit In Four Days 

In 2015, Mayweather posted one of his most memorable betting achievements to date. Between the 14th and 17th of May 2015, he placed a staggering $350,000 on NBA basketball and a sport he’s all too familiar with, boxing. 

A second-half spread bet on the Houston Rockets, and the Atlanta Hawks, a Rockets Moneyline bet, and an under 5.5 rounds wager in a Gennady Golovkin bout saw Mayweather’s $350,000 turn into $827,272. 

“The last four days have been great. I’m getting paid while watching others entertain and perform. I don’t do anything for free. I bet $350,000.00 and walked away with $827,272.73.” Mayweather commented

Collecting On College Football 

During Marcus Mariota’s impressive tenure playing for the Oregon Ducks – ranked No.3 in the BCS standings at the time – they were preparing for a midseason meeting with the Arizona State Wildcats. A -7.5 spread was incredibly tempting as a bettor, and Mayweather was one of those tempted by this number. 

It was a complete mismatch in terms of talent, and a $1.1 million wager on the Ducks spread handed Mayweather a million dollars in profit as Oregon covered the spread with ease (43-17). 

NFL Triumph: $4.7 Million In Four Weeks 

The 2014 NFL season was a painful period for the sportsbooks taking wagers from Mayweather, as the world’s highest-paid athlete netted a comfortable $1,825,714.28 following his successful predictions in favor of the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts.

Fresh from their Super Bowl-winning season, the defending champions (Seattle) were a mere seven-point favorite versus an underachieving Washington team. In what could be viewed as a sure bet at the time, Mayweather backed the Seattle Moneyline for a tidy $200,000 profit. 

In addition to a -7.5 spread bet on the Indianapolis Colts, Mayweather wasted no time in fading the New York Jets – who were just as bad in 2014 as they are today – to collect a $1.4 million profit when they faced the Denver Broncos. 

A week after his winning Broncos ticket was cashed, the Arizona Cardinals covered a -3.5 spread versus the Oakland Raiders, and yes, Mayweather backed this number with $800,000. 

With another $1.5 million profit in the bag, Mayweather did what he does best and took his winning tickets online to boast about his achievements that finished a four-week betting time frame with a $4.7 million profit. 

Still Making Money From McGregor 

Mayweather’s crossover fight with UFC legend Conor McGregor is one of the most significant combat sporting events of all time. And years following this event, Mayweather made more money with the assistance of the Irishman after wagering $50,000 on Dustin Poirier to defeat his old rival. 

Mayweather wasted no time in displaying his delight from McGregor’s loss, as their disliking for one another is still present to this day. 

On Twitter, Mayweather posted his 80k winning bet slip with the comment: “Dustin Poirier, thanks for getting me paid!”. 

Poirier responded: “I got you champ”, as McGregor insulted Mayweather’s net return from the bet as he wrote ‘35k’ alongside a laughing emoji. 

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