Right now, it’s pretty safe to say that the vast majority of us are missing our sports and we can’t wait for it to return to our TVs and indeed, live stadiums.
There are plenty of popular sports out there to enjoy, but it has to be said that boxing is, without question, one of the most popular in existence.
There’s just something awesome about watching two guys beat the heck out of each other for several rounds that other sports just can’t seem to replicate.
Over the years, boxing has grown into an incredibly popular sport, and the pay-checks have helped to emphasize that fact.
Whereas once upon a time, boxers were paid modestly, nowadays the amount of cash being thrown at boxers is astonishing, which is why we’re looking at some of the richest boxers, past and present, in today’s article.
Boxing pays handsomely, even if you aren’t a trained professional and happen to be, say, a YouTuber instead?
Don’t worry, Z-list celebs and YouTube “stars” won’t be making our list today, but some of the all-time greats of the boxing world will.
Here’s a look at 20 of the richest boxers in history, past and present.
The Richest Boxers Past and Present:
20. Mike Tyson
Iron Mike Tyson is turning a lot of heads recently.
In a few months, he has shed the pounds, has packed heaps of muscle on, and has been training very hard in the gym.
There are rumors of an exhibition match, which people are very excited about.
In his prime, Mike was an absolute animal, and his clashes with Evander Holyfield are legendary.
19. Kell Brook
Secondly, we have Special K, Kell Brook.
Kell Brook is a boxer from Sheffield, UK, who has so far never quite managed to reach elite status, though he has come incredibly close on multiple occasions.
Kell was undefeated up until 2016 when he fought ‘Triple G’ Great Gennady Golovkin in one of the most hotly anticipated fights in recent memory.
Kell lost in the 5th but put up a great fight and as a result, this helped him bag a net worth of around $12.5 Million.
18. Carl Froch
Carl Froch is a former pro boxer from the UK.
He competed professionally from 2002 to 2014, and won the world title four times in his career, winning 33 fights out of 35.
His greatest accomplishment was defeating St George Groves at Wembley Arena in front of 80,000 screaming fans.
His net worth is roughly $20 Million as of this writing in the dumpster fire that is 2020.
17. Miguel Cotto
Next on our list, we have Miguel Cotto.
Miguel is now retired, but in his prime, this Puerto Rican, hailing from Rhode Island, was an absolute machine in the ring.
He was also the first Puerto Rican to win titles in 4 separate weight classes, helping to bag him an impressive net worth of roughly $25 Million.
16. Anthony Mundine
It’s rare that athletes jump from one sport to the next, yet that is precisely what Anthony Mundine did.
This former Australian Rugby League pro held the WBA Super-Middleweight title 03 to 08, plus the IBO Middleweight title from 2009 until 2010.
Right now, his net worth is estimated to be around $30 Million.
15. Amir Khan
Amir Khan is a former Olympic medallist hailing from the UK whom many considered at one point to be the future of British boxing.
Sadly, his apparently “weak” chin meant that he received a few losses out of the blue, and interest in him began to fade.
Despite this, Amir won the WBA light-welterweight title and in his prime, was bagging more than $1.5 Million per fight.
His boxing, along with appearances on TV shows such as ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ has helped him build a net worth of $30.
14. Naseem Hamed
Speaking of Amir Khan, next up we have one of his childhood heroes, Sheffield’s own Naseem Hamed, or ‘Prince Naz’ as he was known.
Naseem Hamed was a showman in the ring, he was cocky and arrogant, but he backed it up.
From his flamboyant front flip into the ring to his showboating during a fight, Prince Naseem, who competed from 1992 until 2002, was a polarizing figure that you either loved or loathed.
He won multiple titles during his career, and as a result, he is worth around $33 Million.
13. Tyson Fury
When we update this list for 2021, you can expect Tyson Fury to be much closer to the number one spot, as his accounts, recently made public, show that his earnings and assets will give him a net worth of around $125 Million when the numbers become official.
Right now, though, the Gypsy King will have to make do with a net worth of just $40 Million.
Tyson Fury is the hottest thing in boxing right now.
He overcame severe depression, a drug addiction, and obesity to shed over 100-pounds in weight and get back into fighting shape where he looked better than ever.
He recently defeated Deontay Wilder in a fierce rematch and even wrestled for the WWE in Saudi Arabia, where he was reported paid very handsomely as he defeated current WWE Champ Braun Strowman.
12. Ricky Hatton
Right now, the Brits are on fire, but for good reason.
Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton is one of the greatest boxers to ever live.
He was undefeated for many years, and out of 45 fights, he only lost 3, 2 of which were to 2 amazing fighters by the names of Floyd Mayweather Jnr, and Manny Pacquiao.
Ricky Hatton, hailing from Manchester, UK, fought at Welterweight and Light Welterweight and won multiple titles.
He was an animal in the ring and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Welterweights of all time.
As a result, he is currently worth around $40 Million.
11. Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins won the IBF middleweight title back in 1995 whom many consider being one of the all-time greats.
He fought from 1988 until 2016, and with a career spanning nearly three decades, he enjoyed huge success which helped him establish a net worth of around $40 Million.
10. Marvin Hagler
Marvin Hagler is a very well-known former boxer in the States.
This former pro boxer competed from 1973 up until 1987 and actually held the record for the second-longest title reign in the history of pro boxing.
As of this writing, his net worth stands at around $45 Million.
9. Wladimir Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko is a former pro boxer from the Ukraine who was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best boxers to ever grace the ring.
His career spanned from 1997 up until 2017, where he held numerous titles and put on some absolute boxing clinics in the ring.
He fought in 69 fights, won 64, and lost just 5, including his final two fights to Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua.
Klitschko, along with his brother Vitali, is a legend of boxing and is worth $60 Million.
8. Anthony Joshua
Speaking of AJ, next up we have the man-mountain himself.
Anthony Joshua is considered to be the future of heavyweight boxing, and at 6ft 6 inches tall, weighing anything from 240 – 255 pounds of solid muscle, it’s easy to understand why.
AJ hails from the UK and is the current unified world heavyweight champion, regaining his belt from Andy Ruiz Jnr – the man that defeated him several months prior.
AJ holds 3 out of the 4 major boxing titles and, thanks to outside media appearances and sponsorships and endorsements, is currently worth $60 Million.
7. Vitali Klitschko
Next up we have Wladimir’s brother.
The Klitschko brothers are synonymous with boxing, and for very good reason.
These two brothers were both dominant for the vast majority of their careers, though Wladimir arguably enjoyed slightly more success inside the ring.
Vitali, as great a boxer as he was, is also a politician outside of the ring and as a result, he is worth more than his brother.
Right now, this official member of the Ukrainian Parliament is worth around $80 Million.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard
Okay, now we’re really talking some big bucks here, as the net worth of our next entrant stands at $120 Million.
The word ‘legend’ is used a lot nowadays, but Sugar Ray Leonard really is a legend of the boxing world.
Sugar Ray competed from 1977 until 1997, where he enjoyed enormous success in the ring, winning titles in 5 different weight divisions.
Outside of the ring, he became a motivational speaker which helped him to become one of the richest fighters in the history of the business.
5. Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis was another huge heavyweight from the UK that people couldn’t get enough of.
Lennox Lewis fought from 1989 until 2003, and he actually won a Gold Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in the super-heavyweight division.
Lennox had some amazing battles in the ring, including fights against Evander Holyfield, Vitali Klitschko, and Mike Tyson, whom Lewis knocked out in the 8th round.
His final fight was a victory against Vitali, allowing him to retire on top of his game.
Lennox Lewis is currently worth around $140 Million.
4. Manny Pacquiao
Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao is regarded as one of the greatest boxers to ever grace the boxing ring.
He is currently a senator in the Philippines, though he is remembered for his amazing speed and technique in the ring.
Many fans longed for a dream match between Manny and Floyd Mayweather, and despite it happening, many fans believe it happened way too late, as both fighters were past their prime.
Despite this, Manny has defeated some true legends of the sport, and as a result, he is currently worth $180 Million.
3. Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya is a boxing promoter and former pro boxer from the US who fought from 1992 until 2008.
He is one of the greatest boxers ever and won countless titles in six different weight classes.
Nicknamed ‘The Golden Boy’ is currently ranked the 5th greatest boxer of all time.
As a result of this, he is currently estimated to have a net worth of $200 Million.
2. George Foreman
The penultimate addition to our list today is George Foreman.
George Foreman competed from 1969 – 1977 and then from 1987 – 1997.
Big George, as he was known, is a two-time world heavyweight titleholder, as well as an Olympic gold medallist.
He is best known for his fierce rivalry against Holyfield and Joe Frazier, along with his bout against Ali.
Outside of the ring, George created the George Foreman Grill, which became a huge success worldwide, which helped him land a net worth of around $300 Million.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr
As if there was any doubt about which boxer would be number one on a list looking at the richest boxers in the world.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jnr is renowned not only for his amazing success in the ring but also for his wealth.
His wealth has become a gimmick, as he will flaunt his wealth and splash out on lavish and expensive material items just because he can.
Floyd Mayweather competed from 1996 until 2017 where he fought in 50 matches and won 50 matches, 27 by knockout.
This undefeated boxer held countless titles in 5 different weight classes and is considered by many to be the greatest fighter in the history of the business.
His net worth currently stands at $560 Million, putting his head and shoulders above the other fighters on our list today in terms of wealth.