Mayweather: My money was on Fury

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Floyd Mayweather says he made a pretty penny by betting on Tyson Fury to defeat heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Speaking during a ‘Victory Tour’ of England, the retired five-division world champion said Fury’s upset victory proved very profitable for him – although he admitted he had seen little of Fury prior to the fight, having had his attention captured by American heavyweight Deontay Wilder.

“I’ve only seen Fury fight once and I’d never seen him before but I bet on him because it was good odds,” Mayweather told Manchester Evening News.

“We have a heavyweight over in America making a lot of news called Deontay Wilder and that would be a good fight.

“Deontay is a heavy hitter and a tough opponent so I don’t know who I would bet on in that fight.”

Fury and Wilder squared off at ringside recently, challenging each other to a showdown, but they will first have to fight other opponents before they can face each other.

Fury is locked in negotiations for a rematch with Klitschko, while Wilder must defend his WBC gold against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

Here’s Wilder and Fury clashing after the former’s victory overĀ Artur Szpilka on January 16: