In the latest press conference, UFC champ Connor McGregor dealt a verbal blow to opponent Floyd Mayweather, accusing him of having a gambling problem. The accusation comes ahead of their much-anticipated match on Saturday, and is McGregor’s response to Mayweather’s intentional flaunt of the wagers he has placed on his victory. In fact, Mayweather said he is so certain that he would defeat McGregor, he would even put his money where his mouth is.
In addition, he said “you guys will see the betting ticket. I can’t really say what’s the number, but I will bet something heavy”. To which McGregor casually responded, “He needs to let that gambling go – he’s a bit heavy on gambling.” He added that “I certainly know he has a big-time gambling problem, from seeing him”. The gambling problem insult joins a long list in the McGregor VS Mayweather war of words. Critics have deemed their war of words as stunts to drum up publicity for the match but some say there is truth in the accusation.
Money Mayweather persona VS the gambling problem
Known as Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, he certainly lives up to his name. The boxer isn’t shy about his outlandish lifestyle and his sportsbetting; he is often pictured with hordes of cash around him. However, earlier this year he had an encounter with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) regarding unpaid taxes. He requested an extension as he stands to win an estimated CAD$500 million on Saturdays match against McGregor. Mayweather has repeatedly hinted that this will be his last fight.
Mayweather’s bets on himself
Mayweather claims he has never bet on himself previously but there are speculations that members of his team have placed the best on his behalf. It is strange that he has never bet on himself but he has chosen this match to bet on himself.