Evander Holyfield has gone from punching to pitching.
The former heavyweight champion of the world made an appearance in San Diego this week to sell his own line of "Real Deal" BBQ sauce.
Holyfield charged $4.99 per bottle, with those who spent the cash getting to pose for a photo with the current WBF champ.
Despite earning $248,000,000 boxing, Holyfield apparently isn't as set for life as you'd think. He's twice divorced and has dealt with a pair of possible foreclosures on his 109-room mansion in Georgia.
Holyfield tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that the almighty dollar hasn't been an issue.
"I never fought for money," he said Wednesday. "I always fought to be the very best that I could be. The money just happened to be there."
Sure, it looks bad for Holyfield to be hawking barbecue sauce at an Albertson's market, but he claims his financial situation isn't as bad as the media might lead you to believe.
"There are a lot of things I can do because I have carried myself in an honorable way. I make more than $500,000 a year on my image, just showing up,” he said.
Holyfield, 48, is scheduled to be back in the ring on Oct. 8 in South Africa for a fight against Frans Botha, aka the "White Buffalo." Holyfield picked up a TKO against Brian Nielsen in Denmark last month.
Evander would like to fight either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, who hold all four of the heavyweight titles.
"The people who are the champion, they get to say who they want to fight," Holyfield said. "I think that if anybody is going to make a lot of money ... somebody's going to say, 'If you fight Holyfield, you can make $20 (million). You don't have to make $5 (million).'"
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