Those that watched the big fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather generally have been grouped into two camps, now that we’ve have a couple days to process it. There are some who feel that McGregor gave it a good effort, even looked dangerous early in the fight, but eventually succumbed to a combination of fatigue and the fact that Mayweather is an all-time great. The other camp thinks, a bit more cynically, that the fight went exactly the way Mayweather planned and he could have ended it anytime he wanted.
Apparently, Floyd Mayweather himself is in the second camp.
According to ESPN, Mayweather tried to place a large bet on himself at the M Resort’s sportsbook. The bet wasn’t just to win, though, it was to win by knockout in 9.5 rounds.
“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.”
To be clear, Mayweather was allowed to bet on himself to win the fight outright, but wasn’t allowed to be specific in the way he would win (knockout versus decision) or picking which round.
Mayweather did manage to get at least some money down on himself, though:
“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.
The winnings on the $87,000 bet is basically peanuts compared to the $200-$300 million that Mayweather is expected to gross once all the ticket sales and pay-per-views are tallied up. McGregor, on the other hand, will make an estimated $100 million when it’s all said and done.