Maybe bankruptcy is contagious. If Mike Tyson is the champion of professional boxing busts, could he have infected Evander Holyfield during the infamous "Bite Fight" of 1997, during which a frustrated Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield's ear and spit it into the stands? Or maybe there's a more reasonable explanation for Holyfield's financial woes, like fathering 11 children with nine different women?
Holyfield was paid $34 million for the Bite Fight and earned more than $560 million during his long boxing career, which included six heavyweight titles [source: Hubbard]. But all of that child support added up fast. So, presumably, did the electric bill at his 54,000-square-foot (5,017-square-meter) Atlanta mansion with 109 rooms, 17 bathrooms, three kitchens and a bowling alley [source: AP].
Crippled by debt and unable to make mortgage payments, Holyfield was evicted from his colossal home and forced to auction all of his boxing memorabilia -- including the gloves, boots and robe from the Bite Fight -- to pay millions in legal fees and overdue child support [source: Hubbard].