How Utah State’s Great Osobor ended up costing Floyd Mayweather $22,000

Osobor’s end-of-half sequence proved costly for the famed boxer.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah State Aggies forward Great Osobor (1) celebrates the win as Utah State faces San Francisco in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.

An end-of-half sequence might have cost Great Osobor a point, but at least it didn’t cost him $22,000.

The Utah State forward’s 3-pointer with 1:44 left in the first half, which was later reviewed and called a two, ended up being the difference in boxing champion Floyd Mayweather’s bet on the game.

Mayweather bet Utah State would lead by over 7.5 points at the break, according to a post he shared on social media. He spent $22,000, with the chance of winning $20,000.

Osobor’s made three originally put the Aggies up 38-30 over San Jose State. When it was ruled a two retroactively, the halftime score became 37-30 and Mayweather lost the money.

He apparently didn’t know the shot had been reviewed and changed during the intermission.

“ESPN’s app showed Utah State being up by 8 points at the half,” Mayweather wrote on social media. “But when I went to cash my ticket the Sportsbooks told me that I lost. I’ve known ESPN to have the most official scores. It’s only some pocket change but it’s the principle.”

Utah State won 82-61. Osobor finished with 31 points and seven rebounds.

It was head coach Danny Sprinkle’s 100th win and puts USU at 19-2 and 7-1 in Mountain West play. It will travel to San Diego State on Saturday.