Floyd Mayweather is not only one of the most polarising figures in the world of sports, but he is widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time.
He currently sits on a 50-0 professional boxing record, with his latest victim being UFC fighter, Conor McGregor, who he KO’d back in August,2017.
As you can tell by his nickname, Floyd’s mantra is based around making money, so it’s no surprise that he was recently named the highest-paid athlete of the past decade by Forbes, earning more than $900 million during that period.
‘Money’ Mayweather is also known for spending his money, rather than saving, hence why we are featuring him in our series of 10 Celebrities and Sportsmen Who Are Sports Bettors.
Mayweather loves to flaunt his earnings to the public, revealing his latest purchases all over his social media, and he takes a similar approach to his sports betting.
He also posts his winning bet slips for the public to see, which was most evident in the early stages of the past decade.
From 2010-2012, ‘Money’ revealed a staggering run of 46 winning bets in a row, which saw him collect nearly $4 million in profits!
In 2013, Floyd had his biggest win ever, placing $5.9 million on the Miami Heat to beat the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.
From this one bet alone, Mayweather walked away with a handy profit of $6.5 million!
He’s even bet on Ice Hockey, making a quick $1 million on the Oregon Ducks -7.5 to beat the Arizona State Wildcats in 2012.
And of course he’s bet on what he knows best - boxing.
In 2015, he staked $350,000 on underdog, Gennady Golovkin (a.k.a. Triple G), to beat Willie Monroe Jr. for a handy profit of nearly $500,000!
On the eve of his fight against Conor McGregor, it was widely reported that Mayweather tried to place bet on himself to win!
According to ESPN, he visited a resort in Las Vegas and asked to place a $400,000 wager on himself.
Unfortunately for him, the sportsbook wanted to go through some legal checks before they accepted his bet.
This frustrated Floyd and before his bet was placed he left the resort, missing out on what would’ve been a handy pay-check!
Common in the world of combat sports is trash talking and there are multiple reports out there accusing Mayweather’s social media sports betting success as disingenuous.
This rose to the surface in 2014, when Mayweather shared his $13 million Super Bowl bet on the Denver Broncos to beat the Seattle Seahawks.
On top of this, he bet that the Broncos would be leading at half-time, leading to both of his bets losing.
Afterwards, Floyd declined to speak on whether the bet he placed was authentic or not, or just another PR stunt.
Even other celebrities and sportsmen such as 50 Cent (who we cover next in our series) and Conor McGregor have come out and voiced their concerns over Mayweather’s gambling problem.
McGregor once said: “I certainly know he has a big-time gambling problem, from seeing him. He gambles on half-times and things like that. He shows what his wins are, never shows what the losses are,” he said.
According to reports, Mayweather has lost a staggering $50 million from betting since 2017!
And considering he keeps floating in and out of retirement, it only adds credibility to those claims. He needs some money!
As with these kinds of stories, only Mayweather knows whether he’s up or down in sports betting overall, but either way, he loves the spotlight.
“I can’t control what rumours are put out there. But good or bad publicity keeps me relevant. The only thing I would bet $10 million on is myself because from the looks of my record, I’m a guaranteed win,” Mayweather said.
Maybe your best bet of finding out whether he’s a successful sports bettor or not is by going to a Las Vegas Sportsbook, where he has been seen regularly.
But generally, whether his success is fake or not, Floyd will be sure to keep you updated on his social media!
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