Top 10 highest paid boxers of all time – Can you guess #1 ??

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There is no secret that professional athletes make a lot of money, but no other sport, other than maybe soccer, can compete with how profitable the sport of boxing is. Though the paydays aren’t the same across the table, if you make it to the top of the sport, boxing pays the most as per time spent in the ring.

Furthermore, the superstardom that comes with being an elite and high-level boxing champion, opens many new doors for financial gain, which is why Boxers have always made their way into the list of highest-paid athletes in the world.

Boxers can get paid tens of millions for a single fight that sometimes lasts even less than thirty minutes. Mayweather iconically made a disclosed purse of $180 million for the fight against Pacquiao, and probably a lot more in PPV points, sponsorships, and other ways. In total, Mayweather made $250 million that night. Pacquiao also made a disclosed amount of $120 million for that fight.

So, if you want to learn more about the ten highest-paid boxers of all time, check out the rest of this post.

 

 

10. Anthony Joshua:

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First on our list of highest-paid boxers is the British prospect, Anthony Joshua. Joshua has had a very decorated career and is a two-time unified heavyweight champion.

Joshua currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles, which he has held since 2019. Joshua has also won multiple regional titles.

As an amateur, Joshua also represented England at the 2011 World Championships and won a silver medal. He also represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold. Apart from being an exceptionally talented boxer, Joshua has also put himself in a position to make a lot of money. He is one of the highest-paid boxers right now, for his last fight, against Kubrat Pulev he made about $14 million.

Total career earnings:

Throughout 25 fights, Joshua has made about $120 million. This number will only increase as his career goes on, and young Joshua has a lot of fights left.

Biggest fight payday:

In 2019, Joshua lost his titles to Andy Ruiz in a shocking fight, however, in the immediate rematch, Joshua won his titles back, along with his biggest payday to date, which summed up to $60 million.

Today’s net worth:

As of now, Joshua has an estimated net worth of $80 million

 

 

9. Canelo Alveraz:

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Canelo Alveraz, the current pound-for-pound king, is also one of the highest-paid boxers right now. Canelo has won multiple world titles in 4 different weight classes, he is also the current unified super
middleweight champion, holding the WBA(super), WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine titles. Alveraz only has one professional loss, which came against Floyd Mayweather.

Canelo has made a lot of money from boxing and continues to make even more, he is undoubtedly the highest-paid active boxer right now, getting a minimum of 15 million per fight. This is not inclusive of PPV points and endorsements, which takes the payday even higher.

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Total career earnings:

Saul “Canelo ” Alveraz has made upwards of 180 million dollars in disclosed fight pay, not including PPV share and endorsements. According to some sources, he was making at least 35 million per fight with the DAZN contract.

Biggest fight payday:

Canelo’s biggest paydays came against Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev. He made a guaranteed purse of 25 million for both those fights.

Today’s net worth:

Today, Canelo has a net worth of around $140 million.

 

 

8. Muhammad Ali:

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There is no denying that boxing today pays a lot more than it did in the 60s and 70s, however, even at that time, Muhammad Ali managed to put himself in a position to make millions from his fighting career, which was unheard of at the time.

Ali, with his hands down style, and charismatic personality made him perhaps the most famous boxer of all time. Ali started his boxing career at the age of 12, and at the age of 18, he won a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics. Professionally, Ali started boxing at the age of 19, and he was a charismatic, polarizing, inspiring, and even controversial figure both inside and outside the ring. The three-time
heavyweight champion also managed to make quite a lot of money from his fights.

Total Career earnings:

Most notably Ali made $448,186 for the second Ali vs Henry Cooper fight, $464,595 for fighting Liston the first time, $5,450,000 against Foreman, 2.5 million for the first, and 6 million for the third Fraizer fight.

Adjusting these numbers for inflation, you can be sure that Ali was the highest-paid boxer of his time.

In total, Ali made around 60 million dollars from Boxing. Adjusting for inflation, that number goes up to around $195 million.

Biggest fight payday:

Ali’s biggest payday came in his comeback fight against Larry Holmes Oct 2, 1980. He made $8 million for that fight.

Today’s net worth:

Muhammad Ali died on 3rd June 2016 from septic shock. He is considered one of if not the greatest boxer in history and had a net worth of around $50 million.

 

 

7. Mike Tyson:

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Mike Tyson had a very lavish and extravagant lifestyle outside the ring, and to support that lifestyle, he made a lot of money from his boxing career. However, Tyson also had an unhealthy obsession with spending money, and blew through all of his earnings, filing for bankruptcy as well.

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that Tyson was the highest-paid boxer of
his time. He made millions of dollars and defeated some of the biggest names in boxing. Tyson even reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990.

Total career earnings :

Mike Tyson was one of the richest athletes of his time and according to estimates, he made $430 million from fight purses and endorsements over the course of his career.

Biggest fight payday:

The biggest fight of Tyson’s career, in terms of pay, was against Lennox Lewis. The fight happened in 2002 and Tyson made $103 million at that time.

Today’s net worth:

Though Tyson made a lot of money, he lost it as well. After his recent exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr, Tyson’s current net worth is about $3 million.

 

 

6. Lennox Lewis:

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The former Boxer competed from 1989 to 2003, and was one of the most decorated and highest-paid fighters of his time, in fact, for the single bout against Tyson, he made about $50 million.

Lewis is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion. To this day, he remains the last heavyweight boxer to hold the undisputed championship. Though his boxing career was very
lucrative, Lewis also started acting, which added to his net worth.

Total career earnings :

Lenox Lewis made over $80 million from Boxing, and his career as an actor was also quite lucrative.

Biggest fight payday:

Lewis’s biggest payday came against Mike Tyson, he made about $50 million for that fight.

Today’s net worth:

Lennox Lewis has a total estimated net worth of about $140 million

 

 

5. Sugar Ray Leonard:

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Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the most popular athletes in boxing history, and is known to bring a wave of popularity to the lower weight divisions in his time. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest boxers of all time

Leonard competed from 1977 to 1997 and won world titles in five different weight divisions. He is also the former undisputed welterweight champion.

Leonard is also a motivational speaker and occasional actor, which also allowed him to make a lot of money.

Total career earnings :

Leonard was one of the highest-paid athletes of all time, and over his career, he amassed a sizable $100 million.

Biggest fight payday:

Leonards highest payday came against Thomas Hearns. He made $11 million for that fight.

Today’s net worth:

Sugar Ray Leonard currently has an estimated net worth of $120 million.

 

 

4. Manny Pacquiao:

 

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There are a few bigger names in boxing than Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. The Filipino phenom is the only eight-division champion in boxing history, and over the course of his career, he has also raked in some high paydays.

Pacman started boxing at the age of 14 and turned professional at 16. He has an extensive record with 71 fights, out of which he has won 62 and lost 7, with 2 draws. Pacquiao won 12 world titles in 8 different
weight divisions. And in August, he will be fighting Errol Spence Jr., for a shot at another world title, and probably a handsome amount of money.

Pacquiao is also a very popular public and political figure in the Philippines, he has made a name for his ferocious and resilient style in the ring, while being a compassionate and soft-spoken philanthropist outside the ring. Pacquiao is currently a Senator of the Philippines and the party president of the ruling PDP–Laban party.

Total career earnings:

Pacquiao is currently one of the highest-paid active boxers, and he consistently makes millions for every fight these days. Up until this point, Pacquiao has made a whopping 446 million dollars in disclosed fight earnings.

Biggest fight payday:

Pacquiao’s biggest payday also came against Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He made a disclosed amount of $130 million for that fight.

Today’s net worth:

The popular fighter, philanthropist, politician, and public figure is worth an estimated $220 million.

 

 

3. Oscar De La Hoya:

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Oscar De La Hoya, The Golden Boy of boxing wasn’t only an extremely talented fighter, but he also made a lot of money while doing it. De La Hoya competed between 1992 and 2008 and had a monumental impact in the world of boxing and sports in general. In the 1992 summer Olympics, he won a gold medal for the United States, setting himself up for an equally impressive professional career, in which De La Hoya won 11 world titles in 6 different weight classes.

De La Hoya made quite a lot of money from his boxing, but he had also started his promotion company, named Golden Boy Promotions, which made him one of the richest boxers in the world.

After a sixteen-year-long career, and a record of 39-6, De La Hoya retired in 2009, as one of the best, and highest-paid boxers of all time.

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Total career earnings :

Though usually the exact amount of what fighters make is not publicly disclosed, according to an estimate, De La Hoya had total career earnings of $510 million.

Biggest fight payday:

De La Hoya’s biggest payday came against Floyd Money Mayweather. He made a disclosed purse of $52 million for that fight and probably earned more if you include PPV points, sponsorships, and endorsements.

Today’s net worth:

De La Hoya currently has a net worth of around $200 million.

 

 

2. George Foreman:

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George Foreman is another boxing Hall of Famer who has done quite well for himself. The former boxer, entrepreneur, and author is a two-time heavyweight champion of the world, and an Olympic gold medalist, however, most of his financial success is because of the George Foreman Grill.

In 1994, a company named Salton, Inc. asked Foreman to endorse their new grill, which proved to be an incredible venture for Foreman and made him one of the richest boxers to date. The grill was a massive
commercial success, and initially, Goerge Foreman was getting 40% of the profits from the sale of each grill. Over the years, the George Foreman Grill has sold over 100 million units worldwide.

Foreman also earned around $11 million for his grill-based TV appearances and an additional $137.5 million in cash and stock as part of a buy-out.

Total career earnings :

Between 1969 and 1977, “Big George” earned about $5 million from his boxing career. Which becomes about $20 million when adjusted for inflation.

Biggest fight payday:

Though there inst an exact figure Forman made his biggest fight payday against Muhammad Ali.

Today’s net worth:

Goerge Foreman is one of the richest boxers ever and has a net worth of about $300 million.

 

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.:

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather is not just one of the richest boxers, but one of the richest athletes in the entire world. Mayweather’s Lavish lifestyle and outspoken personality do take the spotlight, but apart from being a very talented boxer, Mayweather was also an exceptional businessman, and he always found a way to put himself in a position to make more money.

During his career, Mayweather won fifteen world championships from super featherweight to light middleweight, including the Ring magazine title in five different weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes. He retired as an undefeated champion, with a record of 50-0.

Total career earnings :

Mayweather has had a very lucrative career. The earnings for all of his fights have not been disclosed, however, the sum of disclosed earnings is $807,954,000. Add exhibition fights like the one with Logan Paul recently, and experts estimate that his total career earnings are over $1.1 billion.

Biggest fight payday:

Mayweather holds the record for the highest payday in boxing, and for his fight against Manny Pacquiao, he made $250 million. He also notably made $100 million in the fight against Conor Mcgregor.

Today’s net worth:

As of 2021, Mayweather has a total net worth of around $450 million.

 

 

Conclusion:

Boxing is a very high-paying sport, and over the years, it has changed the lives of many people. When it comes to the discussion of the highest-paid boxers, many people confuse it with the richest boxers,
which is a totally different area. Therefore, in this list, we have added fighters who have been paid the most money for their fights.

 

3 comments

  1. As I continue to go through your website, I just fall more in love with it. I did not know that boxers earn so much money. I only know about Floyd because he is the most popular one and he is undefeated. This list will catch a lot of people’s attention, especially people who enjoy the sport. 

  2. I was interesting to find out who has won the most money as a boxer. I was about to write it here, but I would prefer that other readers discover it the same way I did, by reading the post. I was impressed to see De La Hoya in the very top of this ranking. Yeah, he was a good boxer but I didn’t know how good a business man he also is.

    1. Thanks for reading! And yes, Hoya made a lot of money in the fight game and he also owns his on boxing promotion

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