It’s not exactly a state secret that Floyd Mayweather likes to dabble a bit in and around the world sports gambling. The boxer, however, has taken that dabbling to extraordinary new heights.
According to the International Business Times, Mayweather has placed nearly $3 million in bets on the Michigan-Alabama neutral-field game Saturday night. Specifically, USA Today reports, Mayweather has placed a total of $2.9 million in wagers with nine different sportsbooks that the No. 8 Wolverines will cover the spread against the Tide.
At the time, UM is currently somewhere just north or south — depending on the book — of a 14-point underdog to the defending BcS champions and the No. 3 team in the country heading into the new season.
Mayweather, who has not confirmed or denied any amount of money he may or may not have riding on the game, received a $32 million payday back in May for his bout with Miguel Cotto, although he served two months in prison shortly thereafter for a domestic violence conviction.
In late April, Mayweather bet on the Los Angeles Clippers over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of their first-round series of the NBA playoffs. The Clippers rallied from 24 points down with less than eight minutes to go, netting Mayweather a reported $1.8 million. He also won $1 million when he picked the New England Patriots to beat the Denver Broncos during last season’s NFL playoffs as well as $900,000 for a New Jersey Nets regular-season win over the New York Knicks.