Floyd Mayweather: How Gambling Could Impact 'Money's' Latter Boxing Years

Mick AkersAnalyst ISeptember 10, 2012

May 5, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr (center) addresses the media with rapper 50 Cent by his side following his fight against Miguel Cotto at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Floyd Mayweather is increasingly becoming as known for making big-money sports bets as he is for being one of the best boxers in the ring. The big money bets could lead to "Money's" career taking a turn for the worse down the line if his gambling becomes a problem after the money stops flowing from boxing.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) has been posting up his bets on his instagram account more frequently since the undefeated fighter has been released from prison early last month.

This past Sunday, Mayweather took full advantage of the first weekend of NFL regular season action, placing three six-figure bets totaling a whopping $450,000.

Mayweather won two of the three bets and won just under $320,000, but things could have been much worse if he missed his biggest bet, a $250,000 bet on the Atlanta Falcons.

The five-division champ seems to take these insane bets without much hesitation and if he goes on a losing streak, it is easy to see Mayweather losing millions on sports betting.

"Money" is used to making over $30 million for a single fight, but once his career begins to wind down, boxing won't be there to net him the big money paydays that fuel his gambling.

Even if Mayweather fights three or four more times before announcing his retirement, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see "Money" come out of retirement a year or two after if his gambling habit drains his bank account.

We could see Mayweather fighting well past his prime, tarnishing his, as of now, unblemished record, damaging what could be an all-time great boxing career.

It could become another Roy Jones Jr. situation as Mayweather could start to have embarrassing bouts where he looks nothing like he did in his prime. Doing so would leave the boxing community shaking their collective heads, trying to remember when the pathetic fighter in the ring used to be a world-class talent.

Once a fighter's best days are clearly behind them, it is almost like a car wreck to watch their bouts, as it is terrible, but is hard not to pay attention to the scene once one occurs.

If Mayweather doesn't get a grip on his gambling and it becomes a problem, we could see what many consider as one of the best fighters ever become a circus-like sideshow due to a gambling problem that will be hard to kick.