Who are the richest boxers in the world?
As a boxing fanatic, you want to know this.
SportyTell takes a look — read on to find out if your favorite boxer made our top-10 wealthiest boxers list.
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 present the ultimate ranking of the top-10 richest boxers in the world, based on their net worths as of 2020.
The Richest Boxers in the World
10. Bernard Hopkins
Net Worth: $40 Million
“The Executioner,” as Bernard Hopkins is popularly known, had a boxing career that spans 28 years. During those years, Hopkins won the middleweight and light heavyweight championships. 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.
Bernard Hopkins’ net worth is roughly $40 million as of 2020. Thanks to endorsement deals and the exorbitant sums of cash he earned from his various bouts, despite his serving five years in the prison, Hopkins is still a wealthy man.
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. Hagler also holds the record for the second-longest undisputed middleweight champion in the 20th century. He won a total of 62 fights out of 67 during his career. Marvin Hagler’s net worth is approximately $45 million as of 2020.
8. Anthony Joshua
Net Worth: $60 Million
Anthony Joshua is an English professional boxer who is currently a two-time unified heavyweight world champion. Joshua currently holds three from four of the major world championships. He holds the IBF title since 2016, the WBA (Super) title since 2017, the 1BO title since 2017 as well as the WBO since March 2019. Anthony Joshua’s net worth as of 2020 is valued at $60 million, making him the 8th richest boxer in the world.
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 nine 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, winning 45 of those bouts.
Vitali Klitschko’s net worth is estimated to be $65 million in 2020. Currently, the Mayor of Kyiv, Klitschko’s earnings from his political and boxing career, has catapulted his worth.
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. He also won the middleweight, lighter middleweight, super middleweight, and heavyweight championships. As of 2020, Sugar Ray Leonard’s net worth is roughly $120 million.
5. Lennox Lewis
Net Worth: $130 Million
A talented boxer who achieved feats every fighter 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 41. His successful boxing career sure afforded him a luxury lifestyle. Lennox Lewis’ net worth is estimated to be $130 million in 2020.
4. Oscar De La Hoya
Net Worth: $200 Million
Standing at the height of 5 feet 10 inches, Oscar De La Hoya was not an easy one 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 rise of Floyd Mayweather. Oscar De La Hoya’s net worth is approximately $200 million as of 2020.
3. Manny Pacquiao
Net Worth: $200 Million
Another boxer turned politician; Manny Pacquiao is undoubtedly 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. As of 2020, Manny Pacquiao’s net worth is approximately $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 championships and an Olympic Gold medal. Throughout his career, Foreman fought in 81 fights, winning 76 of those bouts. After retiring from boxing in 1997, Foreman ventured into entrepreneurship. Due to his endeavors in boxing and business, as of 2020, George Foreman’s net worth is a massive $300 million, which makes him the second richest boxer ever.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr
Net Worth: $560 Million
Undoubtedly among the best boxers in the world, Floyd Mayweather is not just a great boxer but also a wealthy boxer. On social media, Mayweather is famous 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.
Floyd Mayweather’s net worth in 2020 is valued at $560 million, making him the richest boxer in the world right now. 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 has his own boxing promotional company named Mayweather Promotions.
Boxing is a toughly-contested physical sport that 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 that 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 $12.8 million for just fighting for 140 seconds. Sounds unbelievable?
But thanks to his adept abilities, Mayweather floored his opponent in less than 3 minutes. Little wonder he’s in the top list of the richest boxers of all time.
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