WHEN FLOYD Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao left the ring last Saturday night, there was more than one winner. Leading up to the Fight of the Century, Las Vegas estimated that $50 million to $80 million would be wagered on the bout—and that was just in their sportsbooks. Elsewhere, deep-pocketed celebrities had their own action, including Mark Wahlberg and Diddy, who each put up $250,000 in a head-to-head bet on the fight. (Wahlberg took Pacquiao; Diddy had Mayweather.) It was hardly the first time that a boldfaced name has laid an outrageous sum on the line.
|Who||50 CENT||CHARLES BARKLEY||FLOYD MAYWEATHER||PHIL MICKELSON||RICK ROSS||WES WELKER|
|Event||2012 NFC championship||Super Bowl XXXVI||Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference finals||Super Bowl XXXV||2011 WBO welterweight title fight (Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley)||2014 Kentucky Derby|
|Bet||$500,000 on his 2.5-point-underdog Giants over the 49ers||$550,000 on the 14-point-underdog Patriots over the Rams||$5.9 million on the Heat over the Pacers||$20,000 preseason bet on the Ravens at 28-to-1 odds||$1 million on Pacquiao||A 37--1 exacta on California Chrome and Commanding Curve|
|Profit||$500,000||$550,000||$5.9 million||$560,000||$1 million||$57,193.90|
|Note||He doubled down and put $1 million on Eli & Co. to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants won 21--17.||Barkley claims to have lost more than $10 million gambling.||Mayweather bet another $5 million on Miami to win the NBA Finals and collected again.||He put the same amount on the D-Backs to win the World Series in '01 at 38 to 1 and won that too.||Pacquiao made $20 million that night.||Churchill Downs later said he'd been overpaid $14,000, but Welker got to keep the money.|