Is a virtual handshake on the Internet considered a binding agreement?
Because if it is, please press your hand against your computer monitor or your iPad or your iPhone or whatever electronic device you happen to use and agree, once and for all, to never mention a Floyd Mayweather “big bet” again.
It used to be fun, remember? A report would surface that Mayweather placed a substantial wager at a Las Vegas sportsbook, and if the bet won, Mayweather would post the ticket and we would all be amazed at his ability to pick winners.
But the old Mayweather bet stories were innocent and remotely believable. He would bet $100,000 on Duke or $250,000 on the Thunder or a half-million on the 49ers, and we would see the casino slips—always from The M Resort—and say, “OK, I believe that.”
Now, though, Mayweather’s bets have apparently reached seven figures—$3 million, to be exact—and his most recent bet was on Michigan +14 against Alabama, a bet that “lost.”
Until it didn’t. We’re now supposed to believe he bet on Alabama.
Mayweather’s million-dollar bets have become like UFOs. We are told they are out there, that they’re real and that Las Vegas sportsbooks readily take his seven-figure action. But you’ll struggle to find a single person in the industry that thinks they’re legitimate.
“Reports of him getting down $3 million are, in my view, grossly overstated,” one source said. Another described Mayweather’s ability to place a $3 million bet on a single game as a virtual impossibility given the low limits offered outside of Cantor.
The mystery and the speculation will no doubt continue.
Maybe he’s betting offshore? Maybe he spread his money out across every sportsbook in the country and the world? Maybe he actually won $10 million on a parlay!
In our view, there is no mystery.
The reports are bunk until proven otherwise.