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Floyd Mayweather Super Bowl bet: Alleged hoax generates massive surge in Google

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So did he or didn't he? During Super Bowl week, numerous media outlets reported that boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO), a known sports gambler, bet $10 million on the Denver Broncos.

However, Mayweather is reportedly denying the claim and posted a message on Instagram after the game to set the record straight.

In what appears to be a genuine refute, Floyd Mayweather insisted he placed no bets on yesterday's contest while candidly admitting he enjoyed the free publicity.

The Seahawks pummeled the Broncos 43-8.

Hoax or not, it didn't stop the masses from wanting to learn more about the circumstances involving the alleged $10 million dollar bet.

Mayweather posted this on Instagram after Super Bowl XLVIII.


As a result, the query "Floyd Mayweather" spiked in Google, even finishing ahead of game-relevant searches such as Renee Fleming, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, Marshawn Lynch, Prince and Wes Welker.

Even FightSaga.com succombed to people's unrelenting curiosties, crashing for two and a half hours as a result of a pre-game Sunday publish offering details about 'Money May's' presumed $10 million gamble.

Google's Hot Searches feature, which displays a list of the day's hottest or most trending queries (or topics) in the U.S., looked like this at midnight:

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman
2. Bruno Mars
3. Groundhog Day
4. Puppy Bowl
5. Super Bowl commercials 2014
6. Eric Decker
7. FOX Sports
8. Eli Manning
9. Floyd Mayweather
10. Anthony Kiedis
11. Terry Bradshaw
12. Renee Fleming
13. Joe Namath
14. Marshawn Lynch
15. Prince
16. Wes Welker
17. Transformers Age Of Extinction
18. Seth Meyers
19. Tim Tebow
20. 24

Mayweather, who loves to showcase his gambling conquests on social media, was Forbes' 2012 Highest Paid Athlete and took home a guaranteed $41.5 million (which did not include any residuals he many have received) for his September 14th victory over Mexico's Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The blockbuster boxing event, 'The One: Mayweather vs Canelo,' ranked as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time, garnering approximately $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue.

All of the buzz and scuttlebutt surrounding the Mayweather bet couldn't have come at a better time as boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter is expected to announce his May opponent later this week.

Google's Hot Searches in real time (below).


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