Floyd Mayweather showed off his true colours tonight, as he sported a pair of lucky pants provided by Paddy Power.
The custom-made pants, revealed as he weighed in for the money-spinning Las Vegas clash, cost almost £3,000, and were designed by Mayweather himself – including the line ‘always bet on black’.
The Paddy Power lucky pants were first made famous when footballer Nicklas Bendtner revealed a pair after scoring at Euro 2012 for Denmark and now Money has joined that elusive club.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 25, 2017
Mayweather rolled on stage, looking a million dollars (admittedly a drop in the ocean for him) as he slipped off his designer tracksuit leggings to reveal the equally famous PP Lucky Pants. Posing on the scales in his favourite colour – green, of course – the American weighed-in at 149 and 1/2lbs (10st 9lbs).
It was the American’s final pre-fight jab at Irish rival Conor McGregor, whose compatriots Paddy Power surprisingly teamed up with Mayweather to hijack the weigh-in ahead of a fight they say will attract more than £200m in bets.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) August 25, 2017
The move seemed to enraged McGregor, who weight in at 153lbs (10st 13lbs), as he bellowed at Money in the face-off while appearing to point at Mayweather’s waist several times before the pair were pulled apart.
We’ve have taken FOUR times as many bets on McGregor than Mayweather in the last 24 hours, and more than 80% of bets overall have been for the Irishman.
That includes one bettor who staked £650,000 on a McGregor victory at 4/1 – which would return winnings of more than £2.8m.
And that’s not the only reason we fear our countryman – a fourth round stoppage, as McGregor predicted, would cost them more than £10million.
Such is the interest in the bout, it is easily Paddy Power’s biggest boxing betting market of all time, and their biggest sporting event of the year.
But we’re so confident – on Wednesday, we paid out early on a Floyd Mayweather victory, including one punter who received more than £50,000 in winnings.
God believes in me, America believes in me, even the Irish believe in ?☘️ pic.twitter.com/0W6jFFfr6B
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 24, 2017
Even Mayweather himself noted the pay-out, posting a celebratory video on his social channels – never one to miss a chance to goad his opponent.
2/9 – Mayweather
4/1 – McGregor
40/1 – Draw
4/6 -Mayweather KO/TKO
3/1 – Mayweather points/decision
4/1 – McGregor KO/TKO
25/1 – McGregor points/decision
1/3 – McGregor to land fewer than 40 punches
6/4 – No punch thrown in first 10 seconds
2/1 – Either fighter to have a point deducted
6/1 – Mayweather to be knocked down and win
16/1 – Fight to end in the first round
20/1 – Either fighter to win in 60 seconds
200/1 – Simultaneous knockout