Some jabroni tweeted that Floyd Maywether bet $5.9 million on the Heat tonight to cover seven against the Pacers, and naturally, the internet is running with it.
**ALERT** Good source from my #HeavyHitters Vegas crew alerted me that Floyd Mayweather has laid over $5,900,000 on Heat -7 tonight in Vegas
— Vegas Gambling Steam (@Pregame_Steam) June 3, 2013
Isn’t it strange that …
a) People always seem to think they know how much Money Mayweather bets on a game?
b) Floyd only posts winning tickets? (We’ve covered this before.)
c) If one random person tweets something, 57 websites follow-up with a story on it, despite not trying to verify any aspect of the story? Buy the rumor, sell the news, I guess, right?
Obviously it’s impossible to completely shoot down this rumor, but I tried, anyway.
“I’ve been in Vegas for 15 years and I’ve talked to every major Sportsbook during that time,” RJ Bell of Pregame.com told me. “The biggest bet anyone has told me they’ve taken is $3 million. Without proof, I’m very skeptical about this Mayweather wager.” Bell wouldn’t go on the record with the Sportsbook that took the $3 million wager, or what the event was.
“It’s very hard to get that much money down, legitimately, in Las Vegas,” Chad Millman, who hosts the popular gambling podcast, Behind the Bets, told me. “A lot of people I have spoken to don’t think this is a legit bet. The line would move considerably. That alone makes me think that it is not legit.”
We’ll never get 100% confirmation, though, unless Mayweather posts the winning (or losing) ticket. For the gamblers, it looks like the line opened at 7.5 and is down to 7.