4 famous boxers who love gambling

It’s common knowledge that famous sports persons often love to gamble and make some extra money in their free time. After all where else would they spend those millions of dollars and get that much-needed adrenaline rush?! Talking about famous boxers, it makes a lot of sense for them to bet on professional bouts as they are already well acquainted with the sport. However, there are some interesting tales related to boxers betting on boxing, which we will talk about in this article.

Usually, these boxers are so good at gambling that not only can they tell the difference between online slot machines vs the physical slot machines, they can also help you with winning strategies! Let’s tell you more about them below!

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Floyd Mayweather Jr, Boxer, Boxing, Athlete

Everyone knows about Floyd Mayweather’s love for gambling. He himself confessed to the media once that he had attempted placing a $400,000 wager on his bout against Conor McGregor. His official Instagram account holds many pictures about his winning wagers. Mayweather likes betting on multiple sports including boxing and basketball. He once posted about scoring a huge $827,272.73 by betting $ 350,000 on a combination bet involving a boxing match and a basketball game.

Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield, the well-known five-time heavyweight world champion, is also a regular sports bettor and a gambling enthusiast. Having earned close to £ 150 million during his boxing career, Holyfield lost majority of his money on gambling and funding his 3 expensive divorces. He is known to bet on multiple sports including football, boxing and basketball. Evander Holyfield became world-famous after he beat Mike Tyson in a heavyweight bout which also involved the latter chewing up his ear and spitting it in the ring.

Mike Tyson

Considered the most aggressive heavyweight boxer of all time, Mike Tyson also gained popularity for his habit of betting on multiple sports including boxing. One could see him spending his earnings on casino games, sports betting and regulated lottery quite regularly. Having made a big fortune of $ 300 million from his boxing exploits, he would often throw money on women and crazy bets, the reason why he lost a large majority of his fortune to his indulgences.

Manny Pacquiao, Boxer, Boxing, Athlete

Manny Pacquiao

Although everyone talks about Floyd Mayweather’s gambling exploits, people don’t know much about his popular opponent Manny Pacquiao’s addiction to gambling. Like Mayweather, Pacquiao is also heavily into sports betting, and is often seen placing wagers on various sports like boxing, football and even cockfighting! A Sports Illustrated story published in 2011 talked about Manny Pacquiao’s crazy gambling adventures, involving various $ 100,000 trips to the Las Vegas’ poker tables. Pacquiao used to frequent Australian and Macau casinos for his fill of gambling, and often placed $ 50,000 bets on cockfight matches. In fact, on one occasion he went ahead and placed a whopping $ 360,000 bet on one single cockfight that happened in Philippines. However, he has sobered over the years and doesn’t throw away his money carelessly like earlier

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com