Mayweather Weighs In Wearing Paddy Power BoxersJake Cooper | 30 Aug 2017
On 25 August, the legendary match of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor took place, with each contender backed by his own massive fan base – and a few prominent betting sponsors to boot.
Mayweather showed off his true colours on the night, and alongside a sterling performance, proudly sported a pair of lucky branded boxing shorts provided by world-renowned online betting firm Paddy Power.
The green, custom-made pants were revealed for the first time as Mayweather weighed in for the highly anticipated Las Vegas face-off, and cost a whopping £3,000 to make. They were designed by the champion boxer himself, including the catchy and somewhat tongue-in-cheek line, ‘Always bet on black.’
The lucky Paddy Power shorts first became a tradition for sponsored sportsmen when footballer Nicklas Bendtner wore a pair after scoring an impressive win for Denmark at Euro 2012, and now Money has continued the tradition.
Paddy Power Surprises By Backing Money
Mayweather strolled onto stage on the night of the big match, removing his designed tracksuit pants to reveal the equally iconic Paddy Power Lucky Pants, much to the appreciation of his supporters. The American boxer weighed in at 149 and ½ lbs (or 10 stone, 9 lbs) as he weighed in, all while dressed in his favourite hue of green.
Mayweather’s outfit of choice was a final jab at his Irish competitor Conor McGregor, whose fellow national Paddy Power surprisingly chose to back the American instead to gain the best profits out of a match that they expected to attract over £200 million in wagers.
The jibe seemed to have its desired effect, with McGregor (who weighed in at 153 lbs) yelling heatedly at Money in the pair’s face-off while pointing a few times at Mayweather’s waist before the two boxers were pulled apart from each other.
Paddy Power Reveals 80% Of Bets Were On A Mcgregor Victory
At the time, Paddy Power revealed that it had taken four times as many bets for a McGregor victory over Mayweather in the 24 hours before the fight. 80% of all the bets placed had been in favour of the Irishman, the betting operator noted.
As revealed by Paddy Power, this figure included one particularly passionate bettor who staked around £650,000 for a victory for McGregor at 4/1, which would have returned massive winnings of over £2.8 million!
According to the bookie, much of the reason that it chose to back Mayweather instead of its own Irish fellowman is because a fourth round stoppage (such as the one predicted by McGregor) could have cost it over £10 million.
However, with such a massive following, the fight was easily one of Paddy Power’s largest boxing betting markets of all time, as well as their largest sports event of the year, according to the bookie itself.