People like betting on famous fighters and let’s face it: just stepping into the fighting ring itself is a gamble for these fighters. However, did you know that some boxers also love indulging in gambling themselves? It’s become more common than ever, especially since players can use the hefty amounts they earn from their careers to bet at both famous local casinos as well as online casinos which guarantee a more anonymous and private gaming experience for these known celebrities. Here are some boxing stars who love to gamble for real money.
Tyson Fury is a two-time heavyweight world champion from Britain. Besides wrestling, he is a famous gambler who doesn’t let bruises and cuts from fights stop him from having a good time betting at his favorite casino.
When he won against Otto Wallin in Las Vegas, Tyson headed to the casino despite still having 47 fresh stitches from the fight. He felt that his evening wasn’t over yet and he wanted to test how far his winning streak would go. At the casino, Tyson had a few beers and managed to walk away with $5,000 from the casino.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known as a big gambler who loves betting on sporting events. He once tried to bet on his own fight. When he fought Conor McGregor in 2017, Floyd tried to place bets on himself in that contest, in which he made $275 million. One of the bets on himself for $400,000 was to win in under 9.5 rounds while the other one was to win the contest by knock-out.
However, local bookmakers turned down Floyd’s wagers. He would have lost as the contest went on for ten rounds and he won it by a technical knock-out. Floyd has had success betting in the past, and he loves wagering on boxing and basketball games. His biggest win was $827,272.73 after wagering $350,000 on a double bet of a boxing contest between Willy Monroe and Gennady Golovkin and a basketball match.
Not every gambler is lucky, which is the case with Evander Holyfield. After winning world titles at heavyweight and cruiserweight levels, Evander earned $150 million. However, he wasn’t as lucky outside the ring as he lost significant amounts of this money through betting on sporting events such as football, basketball, and boxing matches. Eventually, Evander went broke after spending all his money on betting.
Mike Tyson is a famous heavyweight champion who is ranked among the most aggressive fighters in the ring. He is also known for betting on different sports, including boxing. He would spend most of his earnings in renowned casinos betting on sports and regulated lottery.
Mike Tyson made $300 million from his career, but he would use most of the most on crazy bets and having a good time with women. This has led to Mike losing much of his fortune.
The Filipino multi-weight champion is a renowned philanthropist who loves making charitable donations. However, he is also known as an avid gambler. In the past, he was known for heavy sports betting. He went public about letting fame get to his head which led to his betting problem, heavy drinking, and womanizing.
He would frequent Las Vegas casinos and make $100,000 bets regularly. Manny also visited Macau and Australian casinos to try his luck, and even got offers to become a marker for the latest high rollers. Apart from table games, Manny would place bets on cockfighting and football. He once put a $360,000 stake on a Philippines’ cockfight.
The Rhode Island former world lightweight champion loved visiting casinos, where he would place six-figure wagers on poker tables. However, Vinny got into trouble with the law after issuing bad checks to a Las Vegas casino.
He also invested a lot of money in the stock market, which left him with huge debts. His woes are attributed to his inadequate money management skills as he would also use most of his money at various casinos, betting on sporting events.
Many famous fighters also love gambling, and while some are lucky, others are not and end up losing their fortunes. Many of them haven’t yet discovered the thrill as well as the safety that comes with betting and gambling at reputable casino sites. At the end of the day, it’s all up to chance and the best we can do is observe well and follow the latest betting odds. These are just some of the many fighters who love betting.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a retired MMA fighter and Kickboxer.