Las Vegas is becoming more than just the entertainment capitol of the world. Professional Sports are finding it’s way to the valley. The 2022 WNBA Champions Las Vegas Aces, The Golden Knights, Las Vegas Raiders, The Vegas Lights and now possibly a NBA team.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to step back from sports betting to pursue a dream of owning an NBA franchise. The decorated boxing legend has again stated his desire to earn ownership of a basketball team, although he didn’t declare which franchise he covets.
Mayweather made the claims while speaking at a pre-bout press conference for his fighter, Ashley Theophane, reported David P. Greisman of BoxingScene.com.
This is nothing new for Mayweather. He recounted the retired fighter’s interest in a prospective bid to take control of the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2014, a development reported by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael at the time.
Rafael had described how Mayweather’s infractions and legal issues away from the ring might count against him in any takeover bid and in getting the approval of other owners.
Rafael also specifically identified Mayweather’s “affinity for gambling” as a potential issue.
Indeed, his lavish bets are the stuff of legend. Back in May 2015, Mayweather tweeted how he’d made close to a $500,000 profit from an initial bet totalling over a quarter of a million while on a betting binge that reportedly lasted four days, per CBSSports.com’s Brad Botkin.
Mayweather was in an interview with ESNEWS. In conversation, the reporter asked him about the possibility of bringing an NBA team to Las Vegas. And, what doing so would mean to him. In response, Mayweather seemed confident about owning an NBA team. He said, “I truly believe if I do or I don’t. Which I’m gonna have a team, whether it’s in Vegas or not in Vegas. I will have a team. I’ve been working on that for a good while now. So you know, I’ve been working behind the scenes. I didn’t want to bring it out until it was engraved in stone.”
When asked if he would prefer to have it in Vegas, Mayweather answered that he will always pick Vegas first.
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