Top 5 richest boxers in the world
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves and other protective equipment such as hand wraps and mouthguards, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.
Although the term “boxing” is commonly attributed to “western boxing”, in which only the fists are involved, boxing has developed in various ways in different geographical areas and cultures. In global terms, boxing is a set of combat sports focused on striking, in which two opponents face each other in a fight using at least their fists.
It’s now a lucrative sport and athletes in this sport are becoming richer all the time. In this article, we shed light on the top 5 riches boxers in the world.
1 . Floyd Mayweather – £400million
With the nickname ‘Money’ for a reason, Mayweather gave many of his opponents their biggest paydays as well as being involved in the top four most bought pay-per-views of all time.
It was Pacquaio who gave Floyd his largest payday however when he earnt $250million for fighting the Filipino in 2015. Since retiring, Mayweather has continued making his money through exhibition bouts.
2 . George Foreman – £222million
The 81-fight veteran finds himself the runner-up on the list. He made $200million from his George Foreman grill alone. Away from culinary items, Foreman has cemented himself as one of the greatest heavyweights to grace the ring, fighting the likes of Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield, and Muhammad Ali. Sitting as the richest heavyweight on the list, Foreman can continue grilling his steaks with a smile on his face.
3 . Manny Pacquaio – $163million
Pacquiao is boxing’s only eight-division world champion. Like a few stars on this list, Pacquiao made his biggest payday while fighting Mayweather as the fight generated an astonishing $600million, as well as becoming the highest-grossing PPV of all time. The Filipino became the only man to become an eight-weight world champion, winning titles from flyweight all the way to light-middleweight.
4 . Oscar De La Hoya – £148million
Despite fighting in some of the biggest fights during his careers such as Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins, it was one of his last fights against Mayweather that saw ‘The Golden Boy’ earn his biggest payday of $52million.
De La Hoya a former six-division world champion continues to earn his wealth in boxing by setting up his promotional company Golden Boy Promotions. He previously promoted Canelo Alvarez and now works with Virgil Ortiz Jr, Jaime Munguia, Gilberto Ramirez, and Ryan Garcia.
5 . Saul Canelo Alvarez – £105million
The last boxer on the list who is still active within the professional code. Canelo has become the most marketable boxer on the planet. With his fight against Floyd Mayweather being the most lucrative at 2.2 million PPV buys, bouts against Chavez and Golovkin have also propelled the net worth of the Mexican pound-for-pound star.
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