Boxing is a sport that has risen out the depths of illegal, underground fight to one of the biggest sports on earth over the last century. The top six pay-per-view events in television history are all boxing fights, with the highest grossing an estimated $600 million. With that said, it should not be surprising that the best boxers on earth are able to generate quite a lot of money during their careers. Here are the 10 richest boxers on earth right now.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr: Net Worth – $560 Million
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr is a retired American boxer who competed from 1996 until 2015 and retired with a 50-0-0 record. Mayweather has held world titles in four different weight classes, as well as winning a bronze medal in boxing at the 1996 Olympics, a U.S. National Championship and three Golden Gloves. Mayweather is widely considered to be the greatest defensive boxer of all time, despite many fans and critics finding his fighting style as slow or boring. Mayweather came out of retirement in 2017 to fight MMA star Connor McGregor, winning the fight by TKO in the 10th round. It is reported that Mayweather made nearly $300 million for that fight alone.
2. George Foreman: Net Worth – $300 Million
George Foreman is a retired American boxer who competed from 1969 until 1977 before coming out of retirement a decade later to fight for another 10 years. Foreman retired with a record of 76-5-0, becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history after knocking out champion Michael Moorer at the age of 45. Foreman also won an Olympic gold medal in 1968. When Foreman retired for the second time, in 1994, he became the spokesperson for the George Foreman Grill, which has sold more than 100 million units.
3. Oscar De La Hoya: Net Worth – $200 Million
Oscar De La Hoya is a retired Mexican-American boxer and current boxing promoter who fought between 1992 until 2008, retiring with a professional record of 39-6-0. During his career, De La Hoya won 10 world titles in six different weight classes and a gold medal for the United States in the 1992 Olympics. De La Hoya is one of the few boxers in history to start promoting fights while still an active fighter, as he opened Golden Boy Promotions in 2002.
4. Manny Pacquiao: Net Worth – $190 Million
Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino boxer and politician that has been fighting since 1995 and currently holds a record of 59-7-2. Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win a world title in eight different weight classes. Pacquiao is also currently serving as a Senator in the Philippines until 2022 and was serving in the House of Representatives for six-years prior to his 2016 election. In 2010, Pacquiao was named the Boxer of the Decade for the 2000’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
5. Lennox Lewis: Net Worth – $140 Million
Lennox Lewis is a retired British-Canadian boxer who competed from 1989 until 2003 and retired with a record of 41-2-1. Lewis is a three-time world heavyweight champion and won a gold medal for Canada during the 1988 Olympics. Lewis was also on the TV show Celebrity Apprentice in 2008, finishing in fourth place. In 2006 and 2007, Lewis played in the World Series of Poker. However, Lewis was eliminated both years before advancing and did not win money.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard: Net Worth – $120 Million
Ray Charles Leonard, better known as “Sugar” Ray Leonard, is a retired American boxer who competed from 1977 until 1997, retiring with a record of 36-3-1. During his career, Leonard won world titles in five different weight classes and won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics without surrendering a single point. Leonard is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time and was a part of one of the most infamous boxing matches in history with Leonard-Duran II, commonly known as the “No Mas Fight”.
7. Vitali Klitschko: Net Worth – $80 Million
Vitali Klitschko is a Ukranian politician and retired boxer, who fought from 1996 until 2002, retiring with a record of 45-2. Klitschko is a three-time world champion and holds the second-longest title reign in heavyweight history. Due to his prowess at winning by knock out, which he did in 41 of his 45 professional victories, and being the most well-known boxer to ever earn a PhD, Klitschko earned the nickname “Dr Ironfist”. Klitschko has also been active in Ukranian politics since 2006 when he first ran for mayor of the city of Kiev. Although he was the runner-up in 2006, Klitschko has been the mayor of Kiev since 2014.
8. Wladimir Klitschko: Net Worth – $60 Million
Wladimir Klitschko is a retired Ukranian boxer who fought between 1996 to 2017, retiring with a record of 64-5. He is also the younger brother of Vitali Klitschko. Wladimir is a two-time world heavyweight champion and gold medal winner for Ukraine at the 1996 Olympics. Wladimir and his brother Vitali had such success in the heavyweight division that the time both were actively fighting is simply known as the “Klitschko Era” in boxing history. Wladimir has also been in a relationship with actress Hayden Panettiere since 2009 and the couple has a child together.
9. Anthony Joshua: Net Worth – $45 Million
Anthony Joshua is a British boxer and current world heavyweight champion. Joshua had his first professional fight in 2013 and is 21-0 in his career so far, winning all but one of his fights by knockout. In 2012, Joshua won a gold medal at the London Olympics while representing Great Britain. Joshua’s title defense against Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 (Klitschko’s last professional fight) won the Fight of the Year award the Boxing Writers Association of America.
10. Bernard Hopkins: Net Worth – $40 Million
Bernard Hopkins is a retired American boxer who fought from 1988 until 2016, retiring with a record of 55-8-2 with two no contests. Hopkins has held multiple world titles in two different weight classes, as he made the jump from middleweight to light heavyweight during the last decade of his career. After winning his middleweight title in 1995, Hopkins would go on to defend the belt 20 times during his reign, which was the record for over two decades. Hopkins also broke George Foreman’s record of the oldest boxer to win a world title with three different championship wins, coming at the ages of 46, 48 and 49 years old. Hopkins is also a minority owner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions company.