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Vinny Pazienza Net Worth 2024

Vinny Pazienza Net Worth – $2 million

What is Vinny Pazienza’s net worth? Also, is Vinny Pazienza married?


Vinny Pazienza (currently named – Vinny Paz) is an American former professional boxer who was the WBA Light Middleweight Champion as well as the IBF Lightweight Champion.

The film ”Bleed for This” is based on his comeback from a serious car accident.


Pazienza was born on December 16, 1962, in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA.

He started boxing at age 5. Vinny said:

”I started boxing when I was five years old, because I loved Muhammad Ali.”

Pazienza added:

”That made my life crazy!”

Vinny got his first world title in June 1987 in a fight vs. Greg Haugen. He won the match in 15 rounds and became the IBF world lightweight champion.

Vinny Pazienza car accident

Vinny Pazienza vs Greg Haugen – © Guliver / Getty Images

In 1991, he moved into the junior middleweight division.

Car Accident

On November 12, 1991, Pazienza got injured after his car was struck broadside in Warwick.

He suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck and a dislocated vertebra.

Vinny wore a medical device called a Halo (a piece of equipment that encircles and is fixed to the head of a patient) for about 6 months. He declared in an interview:

”In a car, speed kills. Without a doubt.”

Pazienza went on to say:

”If we were going 25 miles per hour, that wouldn’t never have happened.”

His doctor removed the medical device from his skull with pain medications. He said:

”It was really the worst feeling in my life. It was horrid.”

Vinny continued:

”If it was today, I would have had him shoot me up with morphine.”

In December 1992, Pazienza defeated Luis Santana (future WBC world jr. middleweight champion) by a 10-round decision.

Vinny Pazienza girlfriend

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In his next match, Vinny defeated Brett Lally by a 6th-round TKO.

On June 26, 1993, Pazienza defeated Jamaican fighter Lloyd Honeyghan via technical knockout. In the same year, he won the IBO middleweight world title with an 11th-round KO over Dan Sherry.

In June 1995, he lost his world title bid against Roy Jones Jr – IBF world super-middleweight champion.

In 1997, Pazienza received $926,000 for the broken neck he sustained in the car accident. In addition, Vinny received $1.5 million from penalties, reported AP News.

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Bleed for This

Vinny was the inspiration for the American biographical sports film ”Bleed for This.” Paz was portrayed by Miles Teller. Other stars in the film are – Ted Levine, Ciarán Hinds, Katey Sagal, and Aaron Eckhart.

Vinny Pazienza wife

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”Bleed for This” premiered on September 2, 2016, at the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival.

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Paz was not married but had a relationship with Leigh Anderson, the 25th Anniversary Penthouse Pet in the September 1994 issue of Penthouse magazine.

She died on June 8, 2014, in Bal Harbour, Florida.

In 2018, he pleaded no contest to assaulting his girlfriend. Pazienza said for ESPN:

”Nothing happened. I’m always innocent.”

Paz was ordered to undergo evaluations for substance abuse and mental health as well as to stay away from the victim.

He also received a year of probation and another year of a suspended sentence.


Vinny Pazienza Net Worth

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Pazienza is 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) tall.


”If I’d listened to people, I never would have won the world title in the first place.”

”I grew up with Mexican people. I grew up with Spanish people. There weren’t many white fighters, and I never had problems with anybody.”

”I had a void, God. Filled with whores & with blunts. I ain’t have choice God I was born in the slums.”

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Paz changed his name from Vinny Pazienza to Vinny Paz in the early 2000s.

Vinny lost $200,000 in one casino night. He confessed in a later interview:

”I have won maybe a couple of million dollars gambling but I blew $4 or $5 million.”

Pazienza continued:

”The most I ever lost in a single night was $200,000. It’s hard to control. I don’t gamble now.”

In January 2018, he was accused of attacking and hospitalizing a man. Apparently, the man stole around $16,000 from Vinny. He said:

”The bottom line is, I got robbed. And when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do.”

Other famous boxers are Abner Mares and Marco Antonio Barrera.

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Vinny Pazienza – Net Worth 2024

So, how much is Vinny Pazienza worth? Paz earned most of his wealth from boxing. During his career, he had 50 wins (30 by knockout)  and 10 losses (3 by knockout). Therefore, American former professional boxer Vinny Pazienza has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Moreover, Vinny performed on an episode of The Jerry Springer Show. He also appeared as a guest star on the TV series Police Academy. In addition, he received royalties from ”Bleed for This.”

In May 2018, his home was scheduled for auction due to unpaid taxes.

In 1997, Vinny received money for injuries he had sustained in a car accident.

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Vinny Paz

Friday 18th of February 2022

@ Ben winder, Hey brotha , just for the record, I am a role model , a father , and a motivational speaker, but people don’t talk about that.. I am sorry for my flaws in the past , but I have done more good then bad in my life.. and if you ever wanna hear about it email me [email protected] I’ll shoot you my number we can talk about how you feel, your opinion matters , I just want it to be one based on things I have done the good and the bad, but definitely not for things I have not. Peace brother 5xchamp🥊

Big L

Thursday 24th of August 2023

@Vinny Paz, had the pleasure of hanging out with you many nights at Barry's in Warwick and a few other Clubs in the Providence area. Always a funny character and brutally honest after a few drinks. As a bouncer you encouraged us to get better at our craft, and never disrespect woman or our elders. Always polite, signed auto's and took pictures, you and your bodyguard never gave us any trouble. Thank you for being real. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your life.

Vinny Paz

Friday 18th of February 2022

Ayeee.. he who has no sun cast the first stone. Have a made mistakes , yea ! Who hasn’t ? I boxed since I was 5 yrs old, had the spit light on me growing up, and not everything you hear is truth .. try and remember a time in your life you been falsely accused of something , then picture it being publicized as a truth. I have owned my mistake but I never layed a hand on a woman and my fiancé, tge one and only fiancé ever despite what google says, jessie stpierre mother of my daughter can attest that I have never hit a woman , jessie and I have known one another for decades .. she is my one true love and I can’t wait to marry her .. so look for it summer 2022.. I grew up!

Aaron Heiden

Sunday 14th of April 2024

@Vinny Paz, Your a inspiration much love Vinny

Cheryl Haggerty

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

@Vinny Paz, Hi Vinny! Just watched your movie again for like the 3rd or 4th time. You have amazing determination! So we are third cousins through my grandfather Anellio Monti. I would love to stop by to say hey sometime. I live in Maine but my sister and dad still live in RI so I visit still. I hope you are doing well:) Merry Christmas!

Cheryl Haggerty

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

@Vinny Paz,

Louie Silva

Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Let me repeat, 5 time WORLD CHAMPION!

Louie Silva

Tuesday 19th of April 2022

My man! Vinny Paz! 5 time WORLD CHAMPION! Who else can say that? You are a good man and I am proud to say that I know you. You are an inspiration to many people without a doubt. Talk to you soon, Louie Silva

ben winder

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Still can't act as a role model at 58, why all the respect?

Tony Elberg

Thursday 1st of April 2021

I really enjoyed the movie and I hope you do good in whatever you put your mind too.

Sarah Blohm

Friday 16th of October 2020

Just watched your Movie. Wondering what you are doing now. Are you a Christian? My Grandson also loves to box. He was burned on 90% of his body at 18 months. Went through numerous surgeries throughout the years. I can’t wait to tell him about you. His name is Christian Morris.