Floyd Mayweather and Michael Phelps Make Mounds of Money in Las Vegas

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 3, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. addresses the media after his unanimous decision victory against Miguel Cotto after their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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When star athletes aren't making millions from their day jobs, they are busy raking in gobs of cash through measured gambling decisions, unlike the rest of us.

Why would the differences between us and the great Floyd Mayweather and Michael Phelps end with athletic endeavors?

We start with boxing's superstar, Money May. I figure you might as well get a look at the millions he made before he decides to burn the cash for fans at the latest Vegas hot spot.

As our very own Adam Wells reports, there is no certainty to whether Mayweather placed a wager on on Michigan plus-14 in its game against Alabama over the weekend like SportsBook reported, or if it was just another tall tale like Kevin Iole stated. 

Well, we have word that he raked in the millions, via Terez Owens:

Floyd Mayweather won 3 million off of Alabama destroying Michigan 41-14. It’s funny how all you foolio’s were telling me he took Michigan. Floyd is a winner and we will be laying down our hard earned cash on whatever he bets. 1-0 us.-TO

That would be a picture of 50 Cent, Money May and stacks of cash.

Before we get word that Money is counting all those bills like a boxing Scrooge McDuck like he has been known to do, we traipse to the pool for some other success stories.

TMZ reports Michael Phelps is having a bout of luck in Vegas as well:

The world's most medaled man hit Vegas this week ... and sources tell TMZ he walked off with $100,000 from a single poker game. ...

According to our sources, Phelps and his buds played a cash poker game at Caesar's Palace, and naturally ... Phelps cleaned up with $100K in winnings.

So if you were thinking of starting a charity organization for out-of-work athletes, you should move past Michael Phelps' name on your list.

Sure, he may have retired from his day job, but I think he will be just fine with his endorsements and his ability to win stacks of chips, just like Mikey in a marathon session with Teddy KGB.

Sin City belongs to the sports stars. The rest of us are just playing for free drinks at the blackjack table.


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