WHEN FLOYD Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao left the ring last Saturday night, there was more than one winner. Leading up to the Fight of the Century, Las Vegas estimated that $50 million to $80 million would be wagered on the bout—and that was just in their sportsbooks. Elsewhere, deep-pocketed celebrities had their own action, including Mark Wahlberg and Diddy, who each put up $250,000 in a head-to-head bet on the fight. (Wahlberg took Pacquiao; Diddy had Mayweather.) It was hardly the first time that a boldfaced name has laid an outrageous sum on the line.
2012 NFC championship
Super Bowl XXXVI
Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference finals
Super Bowl XXXV
2011 WBO welterweight title fight (Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley)
2014 Kentucky Derby
$500,000 on his 2.5-point-underdog Giants over the 49ers
$550,000 on the 14-point-underdog Patriots over the Rams
$5.9 million on the Heat over the Pacers
$20,000 preseason bet on the Ravens at 28-to-1 odds
$1 million on Pacquiao
A 37--1 exacta on California Chrome and Commanding Curve
He doubled down and put $1 million on Eli & Co. to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants won 21--17.
Barkley claims to have lost more than $10 million gambling.
Mayweather bet another $5 million on Miami to win the NBA Finals and collected again.
He put the same amount on the D-Backs to win the World Series in '01 at 38 to 1 and won that too.
Pacquiao made $20 million that night.
Churchill Downs later said he'd been overpaid $14,000, but Welker got to keep the money.
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