Mayweather cashes big bet on Tide, then calls out Pacman
Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. cashed in another major sports major and then tried to set up a huge fight with Manny Pacquiao via Twitter on Tuesday.
“Just won $400k on Alabama, the new National Champs. Congrats to both teams!” Mayweather tweeted early Tuesday morning
after the Tide blanked LSU.
Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) actually only won about $333,000 on the bet
after wagering $400,000 on Alabama on the half time line. This was just the latest big wager Mayweather has cashed over the last month. We took a look at some of his December wagers
Later Tuesday Mayweather tweeted “Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”
Boxing fans have been clamoring for a megafight between the sport's two biggest draws, who have had plans for a proposed bout scrapped repeatedly over the inability to reach an agreement on pre-fight drug testing.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are considered the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Mayweather owns an unblemished 42-0 record while Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) has won 15 consecutive bouts.
One factor that may have prodded Mayweather to finally agree to the fight is his recent plea agreement on a domestic violence conviction.
Mayweather faces a 90-day prison sentence but was granted a delay in reporting to jail so he could go through with a proposed May 5 bout against an unnamed opponent.
"My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk," Mayweather tweeted.
Mayweather has initially insisted on Olympic-style drug testing, which could require Pacquiao to give blood within days of a fight.
Pacquiao had said he would not take a blood test within 24 days of the proposed fight for performance reasons, but later softened his stance and said he would agree to unlimited urine tests and blood testing within 14 days of the fight.