Being a toughly contested, physical sport, boxing attracts a good number of spectators, who watch in awe as the best in the game go head to head for the ultimate title of the best in the sport. As a result of a large number of spectators, boxing attracts, it’s no surprise that it is not just an entertaining sport, but a good business venture. In 2019, renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather made headlines after he earned about $9 million for just fighting for 140 seconds. Sounds unbelievable? But thanks to his adept abilities, Mayweather who is the best in the sport, floored his opponent in less than 3 minutes. Little wonder he’s in the top list of the richest boxers of all time.
Like most sports, the best in the game has seen their abilities result in financial benefits with endless opportunities. In boxing, this is no different. Throughout history, many boxers have dominated the boxing scene, but how much financial success did they achieve? In simple, broad and insightful terms, we search throughout history to present an updated list of the top-10 richest boxers of all time.
10. Bernard Hopkins – Net Worth: $40 Million
“The Executioner” as Bernard Hopkins was nicknamed had a boxing career which spans 28 years. During those years, Hopkins won the Middleweight and Light heavyweight Championship. He defended his title for a record 20 times. With a boxing record of 67 fights, Hopkins won 55 of those fights, 32 by knockout. Thanks to endorsement deals and the exorbitant sum of cash earned from his various fights, Hopkins has a net worth of $40 million.
9. Marvin Hagler – Net Worth: $45 Million
From 1980 to 1987, Marvin Hagler reigned as a supreme force in the boxing scene. He held the Middleweight title from all four of the major boxing sanctioning entities, the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO at the same time, from 1980 to 1987. He holds the record for the second-longest undisputed middleweight champion in the 20th century. Hagler who won a total of 62 fights during his career, has a net worth valued at $45 million.
8. Muhammad Ali – Net Worth: $50 Million
One of the most influential sportsmen of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali “The Greatest” as is fondly called, was an exceptional boxer. At just the age of 18, a very talented Ali, had already won the Olympic Gold medal. The former heavyweight champion fought in a total of 61 fights in his career which lasted about 20 years had a net worth valued at $50 million earned from his boxing exploits.
7. Vitali Klitschko – Net Worth: $65 Million
A boxer turned politician, Vitali Klitschko was nicknamed “The Iron Fist” for his aggressive style and powerful punches. Those antics paid off, as he was a heavyweight champion. Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title 9 consecutive times, making him the holder of the third-longest individual heavyweight champion. His career lasted 17 years, and he fought 47 times during those years. Currently, the Mayor of Kyiv, Klitschko’s earnings from his political and boxing career has catapulted his net worth to $65 million.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard – Net Worth: $120 Million
One of the fabulous four who fought in an era blessed with some of the best boxing talents, Sugar Ray Leonard‘s boxing career lasted for two decades. The two time Olympics Gold medalist was an undisputed welterweight champion, winning the welterweight championship from all four major boxing sanctioning bodies. Leonard also won the middleweight, lighter middleweight, super middleweight and heavyweight championships. Sugar Ray Leonard has a net worth valued at $120 million.
5. Lennox Lewis – Net Worth: $130 Million
A talented boxer who achieved feats every boxer would envy, Lennox Lewis‘s boxing career lasted from 1989 to 2003. During those 14 years, Leonard was the undisputed heavyweight champion, the last boxer to achieve the feat. “The Lion” as Leonard is nicknamed, fought in 44 fights in his career, winning just 41. His successful boxing career afforded him a luxury lifestyle with a net worth pegged at $130 million.
4. Oscar De La Hoya – Net Worth: $200 Million
Standing at a height of 5 feet 10 inches, Oscar De La Hoya was not an easy boxer to defeat in the ring. “The Golden Boy of boxing” has won the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight light middleweight and middleweight titles. His 16 years stint in boxing saw him become the top pay per view boxer before the ruse of Floyd Mayweather. Oscar’s net worth can be summed up to $200 million..
3. Manny Pacquiao – Net Worth: $200 Million
Another boxer turned politician, Manny Pacquiao is certainly one of the top boxers in the modern age. Pacquiao is the only boxer who has won twelve titles in eight divisions, making him an octuple champion. Of the eight glamour divisions in boxing, Pacquiao has won four, featherweight, flyweight, lightweight and welterweight. One of the top pay-per-view boxers, Pacquiao has generated $1.2 billion from 25 pay-per-view fights. Pacquiao is worth about $200 million.
2. George Foreman – Net Worth: $300 Million
“Big George” as George Foreman is nicknamed had a very successful career which lasted 28 years. During those years of intense competitions, Foreman won two world heavyweight championship and an Olympic Gold medal. Throughout his career, Foreman fought in 81 fights, winning 76 of those fights. After retiring from boxing in 1997, Foreman ventured into entrepreneurship. His endeavours in boxing and business have increased his net worth to $300 million.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr – Net Worth: $560 Million
Undoubtedly the greatest boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather is not just a great boxer but also a very rich boxer, and by far the richest boxer. On social media, Mayweather is known for flaunting his luxury. The Olympic bronze medalist has won the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight titles. Mayweather has fought in 50 fights throughout his career and has lost none. Being one of the top pay-per-view boxers on the planet, he has generated about $1.67 billion in revenue from the program. Mayweather had his own boxing promotional company, named Mayweather Promotions. His earnings from boxing and his business endeavours made him the richest boxer ever with $560 million.
There you have it–Our top-10 updated list of the richest boxers of all time. What do you think? Which professional boxer did you expect would make this list of the richest boxers ever? Please share with us in the comment section below.