Floyd Mayweather bets big, but not on himself

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At this point, after months of over-the-top promotion, it’s difficult to separate reality from hype for a fight that will almost certainly be the most-heavily bet boxing match ever.

Floyd Mayweather stoked the fire last week, telling late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that he plans to bet on himself against Conor McGregor in Saturday’s mega-bout in Las Vegas.

It’s long been rumored that Mayweather bets on himself, either directly or through members of his entourage. And UFC president Dana White told reporters in 2013 that Mayweather bets on himself. But some folks in Las Vegas aren’t buying it.

“He’s never bet on himself,” a source with direct knowledge of Mayweather’s betting history told ESPN. “He’s very superstitious and that’s the one thing he doesn’t bet on, his own fights, ever. His friends and crew bet small on him, but he has never done it.”

Will that change this week?

Mayweather, boxing’s biggest star, remains one of the biggest sports bettors in Las Vegas, and in the past hasn’t been shy

Article source: http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/20417630/mayweather-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather-bets-big-not-himself

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