Top 10 Richest Boxers in the World In 2019

Boxing is a rich sport, period. Sponsors, ticket sales, betting shops, and box office networks all go wild when a big fight is coming up. They know that hundreds of millions can be raked in! For example: the infamous Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight from May 2015 at the MGM Grand pulled in over $400 million in revenue.

At the center of all the madness are the professional boxers, who have to be fast, strong, and persistent, while also delivering great performance for the audience. Of course they are paid well; not only due to the popularity of the sport, but also to compensate for the risk associated with it. So, just how much are the professional boxers of this year worth? Is the risk of injury really worth the money and fame? That’s for you to decide, but I’m sure that once you see the net worth of these men, you might agree that it is a pretty tempting deal.

As a side note, boxers tend to earn the most once they have quite a few years of experience behind them. Consequently, there’s no wonder that some of the boxers with the most impressive net worth are retired – besides their earnings from their active years, they usually manage to build their fortune even further via endorsements, commenting gigs, and various business endeavors after they hang up their boxing gloves for good. Without further ado, here are the richest boxers in the world.

10. Bernard Hopkins ($40 million)

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Bernard Hopkins (The Executioner or B-Hop) is a former American professional boxer who fought as a middleweight, then as a heavyweight. He made his debut in boxing in 1988 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Unfortunately for him, he lost his debut light heavyweight fight to Clinton Mitchell, after which he resumed his career in the middleweight class. He won his first fight against Greg Paige in 1990 by a unanimous decision.

Hopkins finally became a middleweight world champion in 1995 after a rematch fight in Landover, Maryland, against Segundo Mercado. After this, he had a long career in professional boxing, progressing into the light heavyweight category. He retired in 2016.

9. Marvin Hagler ($45 million)

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Also known as “Marvelous Martin Hagler”, Hagler is a retired American professional boxer. He was an Undisputed World Middleweight Champion for 7 years (1980-1987), which is quite the feat.

Hagler received his first title as World Middleweight Champion in 1980 at the Wembley Arena when he faced off against British boxer, Alan Minter. After a long and frustrating career of never having the opportunity to show what he is truly made of, he finally got his big break, and things only got better from there. In 1988, Hagler retired from fighting in the arena and became an actor and boxing commentator in Britain, where he had first won his seven year undisputed title.

8. Vitali Klitschko ($80 million)

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This former heavyweight Ukrainian boxer was known for his heavy hitting punches and the fact that he is the first professional boxer to hold a PhD, which gave him the nickname “Dr. Ironfist”. He earned his first heavyweight title in 1999, when he defeated British boxer Herbie Hide by second round knockout.

He later lost this title in 2000 to American boxer Chris Byrd, even though Klitschko was favored among the judges. During the fight, he had to throw in the towel due to shoulder pain, later diagnosed as a torn rotator cuff. After a successful boxing career, he retired from the sport as a result of mounting injuries during training and decided to pursue a political career in his home country. He is now the Major of Kiev and Head of Kiev City State Administration.

7. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ($100 million)

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Alvarez landed at #4 on the 2019 Forbes list of the highest-paid athletes in the world, managing to build quite an impressive net worth during his career so far. He was only surpassed by soccer players – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar – proving that he can strongly rival the richest athletes among any genre.

The Mexican boxer has held multiple world championships in three weight classes and, as of December 2018, he is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound. The young superstar currently has 55 fights under his belt, with 52 wins and a single loss, to legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. Two fights ended in a draw.

6. Sugar Ray Leonard ($120 million)

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The first boxer to earn over $100 million, this former American welterweight world champion was named boxer of the decade in the 1980’s. His first title win against Wilfred Benitez at Caesars Palace earned him a whopping $1 million.

After a relatively short career, he retired in 1982 due to a detached retina. He no longer wanted to continue boxing, but returned to the ring in 1983. After this, he had several retirements and comebacks only to finally conclude his boxing career in 1998. He went on to work as an actor, boxing analyst, and appear in numerous commercials over the years.

5. Lennox Lewis ($140 million)

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Lennox Lewis is a British-Canadian former heavyweight champion. Not only was he the WBC heavyweight champion in 1992, but he also won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 after defeating Riddick Bowe. With a total of 44 fights throughout his career, forty one of those were wins. Lewis has earned his place in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and also the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He ended his career in 2004 after his fight with Klitschko in 2003.

4. Manny Pacquiao ($190 million)

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This Filipino world champion has fought 65 times in his career and has won 57 of those bouts. He has won ten world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He is said to be the greatest Filipino fighter of all time and pound for pound the best boxer in the world, truly a legend of the sport.

He fought Floyd Mayweather in the “fight of the century” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in May 2015, and faced a controversial loss, as many critics did not agree Mayweather should have won.

3. Oscar de la Hoya ($200 million)

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“The Golden Boy” is a retired Mexican professional boxer who won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Most of the men in his immediate family (his grandfather, father, and brother) were boxers, which explains without a doubt why he decided to follow this career path.

The boxer has earned a lot of money in his time and is said to have generated around $700 million income from pay per view fights. He retired in the April of 2009. After working as a boxing promoter, in 2018 he became a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter as well.

2. George Foreman ($300 million)

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A retired two time heavyweight world champion, Foreman is a major success story in the boxing world. Not only is he a boxer but an ordained minister, an author, an entrepreneur, and an Olympic gold medalist. He won the summer Olympic gold medal in 1968 which was held in Mexico City, Mexico, and won his world heavyweight title with a second round knockout against Joe Fraizier. He then went on to lose to Muhammad Ali in 1974 at the “Rumble in the Jungle” event. He retired in 1977, following a loss to Jimmy Young, only to come back an ordained minister and win back his title by knocking out Michael Moorer in 1994, at the age of 45.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($560 million)

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Currently the world’s richest professional boxer by far, Mayweather Jr. is a five-division world champion, meaning he has won titles in five weight classes. As well as Pacquiao, Mayweather is also rated by various sporting news, magazines, and website as the pound for pound best boxer in the world. He has a 100% win rate in his career, retiring with a an undefeated record of 50-0.

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