Floyd Mayweather seemed to have some foresight into how his fight with Conor McGregor was going to play out, at least he did judging from the bet he tried to place at the M Resort’s sportsbooks in Las Vegas. According to ESPN, the undefeated boxer wanted to place a six-figure on himself, but the details of the bet caused questions and delays that scuttled the plan:
Mayweather attempted to place a $400,000 bet on the fight ending under 9.5 rounds at -200 odds, but, according to a source, there were concerns over the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win, which caused a delay.
Mayweather then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout, but was unhappy about having to wait to place the wager and left without getting the bet down
The boxer was reported “pissed” about not being able to place the bet, but there was no word on if he went somewhere else according to ESPN. What is clear is that Mayweather would’ve won, both with just a bet on his straight victory and his prediction that it would happen within 9.5 rounds. There are certainly no rules against Mayweather placing a bet on himself, something he also talked about during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live ahead of the fight.
“I think that we bet 100 on 9½,” Mayweather told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio after the fight. “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 later told SportsCenter he gave a friend $400,000 to bet, but that the friend was only allowed to place a bet for $87,000.
If Mayweather was able to place his initial $400,000 bet, it would have turned it into $600,000 with his victory. It’s a far cry from what he made from the fight itself, but placing a bet on this fight wasn’t about winning the money in the long run.