The Ultimate Payday: Meet The World’s 5 Wealthiest Boxers
Boxing has historically been a lucrative sport for many fighters. While the contributions of other boxers cannot be ignored, here are the top five richest boxers in the world who have undoubtedly established a name for themselves in the ring.
1. Floyd Mayweather
With a net worth of £400 million, Floyd Mayweather is the world’s richest boxer. Mayweather, often known as ‘Money,’ has given many of his opponents their most incredible paydays. He was in the top four most-bought pay-per-view fights of all time, including his fight with Manny Pacquaio, which grossed a stunning $600 million.
2. George Foreman
Following Mayweather is George Foreman, whose net worth is £ 222 million. The former heavyweight champion made $200 million from selling his George Foreman grill, which is still a popular household item today. Foreman faced some of boxing’s top stars, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
3. Manny Pacquiao
The Filipino former professional boxer currently has a net worth of $163 million. Pacquiao’s highest payout came during his bout with Floyd Mayweather, which netted him $600 million. He was the only man to win eight world championships, ranging from flyweight to light middleweight. Pacquiao has recently shifted his focus to politics in his native Philippines.
4. Oscar De La Hoya
The 50-year-old is the fourth richest boxer in the world, with a net worth of £148 million. De La Hoya was a former six-division world champion who faced Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins in some of his most memorable contests. He won his largest paycheck of $52 million in a fight against Floyd Mayweather and has since founded Golden Boy Promotions.
5. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Last on the list is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, with a net worth of £ 105 million. Canelo remains active in the professional ranks and has become the world’s most marketable boxer. With 2.2 million PPV buys, his battle against Floyd Mayweather was the most lucrative, but fights against Chavez and Golovkin also added to his net worth.
His prospective rematch with Dmitry Bivol is one of boxing’s most anticipated matches, and it might be one of his highest-earning contests since the Mayweather fight in 2013.