When it comes to boxing, many fans don’t just really watch the match finish. Many boxing fans are always excited to wager on the biggest matches of the year. Some of them even take this really seriously that they put big amounts of money on the line.
Boxing is simply one of the most profitable sports not only for the boxers themselves but also for bettors. This is why real money casinos and sportsbooks will never miss a chance to offer odds on the biggest fights of the year.
Curious to know which fights made certain people a whole lot richer? Let’s have a look at some of them and what we know about these bets, wins, and even losses.
Mayweather Vs McGregor
Any boxing fan knows who Mayweather is and the man himself identifies as The Best Ever (Mike Tyson disagrees). This is why any Mayweather fights that involve another big name in the industry are worth seeing and even betting on.
At some point, it got even more exciting because of his 0 losses. The likes of McGregor are the ones who made people think that Mayweather will finally be beaten for the first time. McGregor is one of the best MMA fighters of his time and it was not hard to imagine that he might have given Mayweather his first loss.
This fight was the talk of the town as it felt impossible in the first place. However, Mayweather was still able to win the match and many people still placed bets on his name. There was even an unnamed punter who won $600,000 because of this match.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather
While Mayweather’s match with McGregor piqued the interest of even non-boxing fans, it wouldn’t beat the iconic match between him and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. This fight has been anticipated for a long time and Pacquiao is known to be a beast in the ring.
The fight ended up being the most streamed and watched boxing event worldwide and it even got the title “The Fight of the Century.” Many would even say that this match was a fan service because it’s one of the fights that many boxing fans hoped to see before either of them retired.
While many thought that Pacman was the one to give Mayweather his only loss, Mayweather fans were still the ones to rejoice in the end. Both fighters went through all the 12 rounds of action and Mayweather won with a unanimous decision.
Thanks to Mayweather, a punter from Northern Ireland who placed a bet on him at William Hill won over £150,000. It was estimated that $10 million were wagered during that very iconic night in the history of boxing.
And if you still don’t know, Mayweather, the “Money” man and “Pretty Boy” was able to retire in 2017 after a match with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa with a clean record of 50-0. This is why he calls himself the best.
Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis
Tyson is simply a living legend in the boxing industry. Despite his retirement, he’s still very active in the scene and is now considered a boxing historian. However, we all know that he’s also very iconic for the ear-biting moment in 1997.
While that match with Evander Holyfield has been remarkable in Tyson’s career, his 2002 match with Lennox Lewis is also unforgettable. After the incident in 1997, Tyson was banned from boxing and it took until 2002 for experts to believe that Tyson is a changed boxer.
The match with Lewis was simply an exciting time to see this infamous boxer back in the ring and during that time, a single wager of £24,000 was put on Tyson. Unfortunately for this bettor, Iron Mike was stopped in the eighth round.
Tyson took a heavy right cross punch from Lewis which knocked him down for the second time in the same round. He wasn’t able to recover from that and we wonder if the punter who placed that big bet on him ever did too.
Boxing continues to be a very popular sport and we’ll still see big fights worth watching in the future. This year, some of the biggest boxing fights are between Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury VS. Oleksandr Usyk, Ilunga Makabu vs Saul Canelo Alvarez, and Joshua Taylor vs Jack Catterall.
Only a few major fights would happen each year but many boxing fans would flock to numerous casinos and sports betting sites to bet even on minor and local boxing events. This is why we’ll still see boxing odds offered in many more years.