The rumors start with unreliable sources who have zero proof. And both prominent rumors have started from the exact same source.
Last year, a known rumormongerer on Twitter named “Incarcerated Bob” said that Mayweather wagered $3 million on Michigan +14 against Alabama football for their Sept. 1 game. Alabama won 41-14, so if that were true, Mayweather would have lost $3 million the game.
**BETTING INFO ALERT**Source: That man is back> Floyd Mayweather has $3,000,000 (Yes 3 Million) riding on Michigan +14 spread around 9 books
— Incarcerated Bob IBN (@Incarceratedbob) August 30, 2012
Mayweather told Jim Rome in March that the most he has won betting on a game was around $1.1 or $1.2 million, and that the most he recalled losing was around $1 million. He specifically said he lost around $900,000 on the Seahawks-Packers Monday Night Football “Fail Mary” game.
People seem to conveniently forget all this information when those unfounded rumors pop up.
Another rumor came up on Monday via some Twitter handle I’d never heard of. The Twitter account is called “Vegas Gambling Steam,” and what do you know? The Twitter account is “IBN affiliated,” which means it’s affiliated with the same Incarcerated Bob character. The rumor later was written up by Incarcerated Bob on his own website. Nice formula — hype up a rumor on one of your Twitter accounts, write about it on your other, and watch the clicks file in.