The 40-year-old fighter is thinking of making a $5 million bet on himself beating McGregor. This would be odd because those close to “Money” say that he doesn’t normally wager on his own fighting skills.
According to CBS Sports, Mayweather’s confidence is swelling heading into his August 26 fight with McGregor. He’s currently sitting at -455 odds at GTBets.eu, which would net him a $5.5 million winning bet ($500k profit).
The sheer amount of Mayweather’s bet will boggle the average person’s mind. However, this is a small amount for a guy who’s set to make over $100 million on the bout. And Money is no stranger to living up to his nickname with big sports bets.
Here are a few of his large wagers over the years:
- $1.1 million on Oregon to beat Arizona State in 2012.
- $200,000 on a 2015 playoff game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
- Undisclosed fortune on a Boston Celtics game in the 2016-17 NBA season.
Will Mayweather’s Huge Bet Pay Off?
On paper, Money doesn’t have much to fear in this match. He’s a perfect 49-0 in the ring and has beaten some of the best the boxing world has to offer. And he’ll be facing a mixed martial artist who’s never fought a boxing match before.
However, Mayweather has been the most humble of his career leading up to the fight. He claims that his age and lack of ring time since 2015 could hurt him.
Of course, this is all necessary in order to sell pay-per-views. McGregor doesn’t have the boxing skills of Mayweather and has long-shot odds of winning. But this hasn’t stopped people from betting on “The Notorious.” He has +355 odds at GTBets, which are far better than his true chances of stopping Money.
While Mayweather may not publicly state his confidence, he’s showing it in other ways. This includes a week-long party that he’s throwing himself to celebrate his own strip club. The week-long bash shows that Money isn’t exactly worried about his opponent.
The Circus has Quieted
Many will remember the 4-stop media tour that McGregor and Mayweather did to promote their fight. It was filled with insults, shenanigans, and plenty of four-letter words. But the most-recent media event inside Ka Theatre at the MGM Grand was anything but a circus.
As Yahoo Sports describes, it was “subdued, sterile and businesslike.” Contrast this to the previous press conferences across Europe and North America, where rowdy crowds watched the fighters rant and rave.
“I think after the reception these guys got, they don’t want fans near this place,” said UFC president Dana White, who’s referring to all of the the wild fans who watch Mayweather and McGregor’s press conferences.
“If I was them, and I got booed off every stage in the planet, I wouldn’t have any fans in here, either.”
The truth is that boxing press conferences are typically quiet in contrast to UFC media exchanges. But it’s still worth noting the difference between the previous and current Mayweather/McGregor press events.
Mayweather is Focused Heading into the Fight
McGregor has done everything to goad Mayweather into a war of words. He’s also tried to get in his head with bold predictions and taunts about Money’s age.
“I will break this old man,” the 29-year-old McGregor said.
“I don’t see him lasting two rounds. I feel I will have the decision to end it within one.”
He added, “I’m going to [expletive Mayweather] up, make no mistake.”
McGregor tried his best during the recent MGM press conference to get in Mayweather’s head. But these felt like empty words as Money barely reacted. He spent most of the time greeting MGM security guards and talking with his business partner Leonard Ellerbe.
Only members of The Money Team really responded. This included trainer and former Olympian Nate Jones, who yelled to McGregor, “Time to get your ass kicked.”
“Not by you, anyway, you little fool, whoever you are,” McGregor yelled back.
Mayweather quieted Jones and told him to “conduct yourself in an orderly manner.” He clearly wanted to avoid any incidents.
McGregor also jumped in.
“Exactly, tell that [expletive] to shut his mouth,” he said. “Carry yourself with class mate or your paychecks will stop coming.”
Despite the brief exchange with Jones, the Irishman wasn’t rattled overall.
“One of his guys started saying something,” said McGregor. “And I was rising, but whatever. This was a lot more subdued.”
“Was the fans not allowed?” McGregor questioned following the event. “They don’t tell us nothing. I didn’t know what it was going to be. I just roll with it now. It was just media today? I’d like to have known that, but hey, whatever. I enjoyed it.”
Can McGregor Beat Mayweather?
The Notorious earned his nickname by rattling opponents before UFC matches even began. He was fined $25,000 for a press conference shoving match, has stolen opponents’ title bets, and been ordered to do 25 hours of community service for throwing water bottles at Nate Diaz.
But his attempts to gain a mental edge on Mayweather don’t seem to be working at all.
“I’m going to go out there and do what I do best,” said a modest Mayweather. “Fight, be smart, take my time and be victorious.”
He also explained that McGregor’s taunts have had little effect on him.
“We do this every day at the Mayweather Boxing Club,” Money explained. “Every day we have younger fighters and older fighters with a lot of experience going at it, talking a lot of trash and having fighters being in each other’s ears.”
Mayweather also endured a few more barks from McGregor as they posed face to face for pictures.
But none of this has had an effect. And if Money isn’t thrown off mentally, then he’s very unlikely to lose in the ring.
His boxing skills are unparalleled, given that he’s a master at defense and counterpunching. Every mistake that McGregor makes – and there will be plenty – will be punished by Mayweather’s artful boxing skills.
Aside from some divine miracle, Mayweather should run his record to 50-0 with an easy victory.