There’s no law preventing fighters from betting on themselves and, even at 40 and almost two years removed from his last fight, Mayweather was 49-0 going into Saturday night’s fight against a UFC star who had never before fought under the constraints that govern boxing. Seems like a pretty safe bet.
So, at around 3:30 p.m., Mayweather strode into the sportsbook at the M Resort with $400,000 in cash and the itch to wager, according to ESPN. With an over/under for the fight of 9.5 rounds, betting the under would have brought a payout in a fight that Mayweather won with a TKO barely into the 10th round. Sounds like a man with a plan, right? Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the bet at -200 odds.
Unfortunately, a source told the network that there was a delay over concerns about the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win. And there was also a delay when Mayweather tried to place a bet on himself to win by knockout. An impatient Mayweather — described to ESPN by an unnamed source with an expletive for “angry” — left without wagering.
As fate — or perhaps his game plan — would have it, Mayweather, who reportedly is facing a 2015 tax bill, would have won his either of his attempted bets because the fight was stopped 1 minute and 5 seconds into the 10th round. Luckily, the fighter known as “Money” has friends and one of them was allowed to put down $87,000.
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