One trait every good boxer requires is confidence. In the case of Floyd Mayweather, confidence is not lacking.
Another thing he is not lacking is money, in fact ‘Money’ is his nickname. Following May 4th fight against Robert Guerrero, Mayweather banked a guaranteed $32,000,000 (his opponent got £3m).
So what happens when you mix money with confidence? Wagers.
The World Champion boxer is reported to have gambled $5,900,000 (£3.8m) on a recent Miami Heat NBA game. The Heat were playing the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals and were locked at 3-3 going into the deciding Game 7.
Amazingly, of the 30 players on both teams, only 7 make an annual salary in excess of Mayweather’s wager.
The boxer not only wagered on the Heat to win and advance to the NBA Finals, he bet them at -7, meaning they needed to win by at least 7 points for him to cover and win the bet.
Mayweather watched on as the Heat did win, and did cover, winning by 23 points.
So how did Mayweather make out from the bet? His winnings (including his wager) saw him cash out $11,200,000.
Considered he earned $85m in 2012 (highest earnings of any athlete), I doubt Floyd would have been overly concerned to lose the bet. However, I guarantee he threw one hell of a party that night.