The result was a boon for the sportsbooks, who would have had big losses if McGregor had pulled off the upset. Big-money bettors also made out well — multiple million dollar bets had been made on Mayweather, and all of them ended up winners.
But while the casinos and millionaires did well betting on Mayweather, Mayweather himself was denied the chance to make a little more money when a casino reportedly turned down his last-second bet.
As ESPN’s David Purdum reports, Mayweather attempted to make a $US400,000 bet that his fight against Conor McGregor would last fewer than 9.5 rounds at -200 odds at the M Resort just hours before the fight, a bet that would have resulted in a $US200,000 profit.
Despite his attempt, the bet was not taken, as there were concerns about the legality of the fighter betting on an outcome other than his win. Mayweather then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout, but grew frustrated with the wait and left before putting any money down.
Eventually though, one of Mayweather’s members of The Money Team was able to get down a sizable wager for him, reportedly betting $US87,000 on the under for the fight. While Purdum had reported earlier this week that Mayweather never bet on himself due to superstition, it appears that he was confident enough to put a little extra cash on the line for his final run in the ring.
You can watch Mayweather explain the ordeal a bit below in a clip from his appearance on ESPN after the fight.
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