Floyd Mayweather backs Warriors and wins big

Floyd Mayweather. Photo / Getty Images
Floyd Mayweather. Photo / Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather is renowned for his big-spending antics, and the former boxing superstar has lived up to his name once more with a huge basketball bet.

With the NBA Playoffs in full swing stateside, the Moneyman placed a huge US$170,000 (NZ$244,300) wager on Golden State Warriors, despite them being the underdogs.

They faced Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, 3-2 down and desperate for a win to save their place in the best of seven contest.

Mayweather backed the Warriors - and backed them big - to return US$391,000 (NZ$562,000), well over doubling his money after their 108-101 victory.

Not only that, but the Warriors went on to win the decider 96-88 and book their place against Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The first of seven contests between the two sides got underway on Thursday night, with the Warriors coming out 104-89 winners in Oakland.


Posting his previous bet on Instagram just hours after the Warriors' latest victory, Mayweather wrote: 'In Game 6, #OKC was the favorite to beat the #Warriors... but I bet Splash for the Cash. I bet money line for $170,000 and won $221,000. www.themoneyteam.com'.

With his boxing career officially over at 49-0, Pretty Boy has plenty of time on his hands to spend his millions, but still there are rumours flying around about a return to the ring.
It wouldn't be any old fight though, with UFC star Conor McGregor rumoured to be in talks over an inter-discipline clash with the American.

Mayweather fuelled the rumours on his Instagram account last week when he shared a picture of what appeared to be an unofficial poster, suggesting he is keen to fight the Irish superstar.

There have previously been suggestions that while Mayweather would receive around $100million (£70m) for the bout, McGregor would be paid only $7million (£4.8m).
The UFC Featherweight Champion criticised that suggestion.

'I hear the boy talking - and it him was that leaked the rumour -that he gets a $100million and I get $7m- that's a paycut for me. I don't take paycuts,' McGregor told ESPN's Sunday Conversation.

'I thought boxing was where the money was at. The $7m is absolutely laughable. If he's getting a $100m, I'm also talking $100m.

- Daily Mail

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