Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world and also enjoys a bigger following. This means that participants of the sport also walk away with enough money to make them become the richest people on the planet. This being a sport that has been in existence for long, it would be best to take a look at some of the boxers who made a fortune out of the sport. So here is a list of the top 10 richest boxers in the world.
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10. Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins is one of the most popular American professional boxers the world knows. He was a middleweight and light weight fighter. He has won 51 of his 59 fights. He is known for his great punches and knockouts making him one of the most successful boxers alive.
This former world middleweight champion has a net worth of $40 million making him be part of the top 10 richest boxers in the world. His nicknames are “The Executioner” and “The B-Hop” . He defended his world middleweight title 20 times which is a world record.
9. Marvin Hagler
Marvin Hagler is a former America Boxer who made his fans fall in love with boxing as a sport. He was and entertainer and a great puncher too. He was the middleweight champion who has earned a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Hagler made a record of 62 wins, three losses, and two draws as a professional between 1973 and 1987.He has a net worth of $45 million making him one of the most successful boxers in the industry. He is nicknamed as “Marvelous Marvin Hagler” and has won other great titles like “Fighter of the Year” and “Fighter of the Decade.”
8. Muhammad Ali
He is known as the world greatest boxer who was popular with the phrase ‘fly like a butterfly sting like a bee’. He also called himself a poet. Muhammad Ali is a retired American boxer who is a philanthropist and a social activist.
Together with his coach, Fred stoner, they made a good use of their gym and won many championships including six Kentucky Golden Gloves, two National Golden Gloves and Athletic Junior Title. His net worth of $50 million is what makes him 8th in the top 10 riches boxers. He is still an icon and a role model to many upcoming boxers.
7. Vitali Klitschko
The former Ukrainian boxer who is currently a politician is a professional boxer who has won a number of championships and accolades. He delivered some of the best knockouts in the ring and this is why he is referred to as “Dr. Ironfist”. He is in 7th position with a net worth of $65 million.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard is a former American boxer who is also known for other roles including a motivational speaker, and occasional actor. He is popular for his titles in five weight divisions. He hung his gloves with the accolade “Boxer of the Decade” for the 1980s. He is rich and successful with a net worth of $120 million.
5. Lennox Lewis
This British Canadian professional is a retired boxer and the last undisputed world heavyweight champion. He is also an actor but better known for his outstanding knockout punches. He is one of the most successful boxers in the world who also won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. He has won 41 out of the 44 fights he has fought. He has a net worth of $130 making him one of the riches boxers in the world.
4. Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya is a retired American professional boxer of Mexican descent. He is 4th in the list of top 10 riches boxers due to his hard work and resilience throughout his career as a boxer. He considers himself to be different from the rest since he is one of the non-heavyweights to become a pop culture celebrity. He won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. With a networth of $200 million, Oscar De La Hoya is a figure to be associated with.
3. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao is popularly known for his lighting punches, faster than any other boxer who has ever lived. He is a Filipino professional boxer who has won 54 out of 61 matches with two draws.
Many Boxers and boxing experts consider him as the pound for pound number one boxer in the world. In the history of boxing, he is the only boxer to win titles in seven different weight classes. He is rich and famous with a net worth of $200 million.
2. George Foreman
Although he is a retired American professional boxer, he is an author, entrepreneur, actor and minister of religion. He is a two time world champion and was one of the most feared boxers of all times due to his heavy punches.
He is remembered as the young boxer who delivered a TKO to the undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. He became the spokesperson of Russel Hobbs Inc.-manufacturer of home appliances. He has also stroke great business deals including the $137 million payment in 1999 by a company to use his name , “George Foreman grill.”
It is also reporter that George Foreman earned $200million to endorse the company. So it is correct to say that, with a net worth of $250 million, George Foreman is the second richest boxer in the world. With all these business dealings, he may just end up being the richest boxer in the whole world sooner than expected.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is currently the richest and the highest paid boxer in the world. He has won an unprecedented six boxing championship in five different weight classes making him one of the best boxers in history. According to Forbes, he is the highest paid athlete in the world since in 2013-14 alone he made $105 million. His net worth is $380 million. He has also ventured into the fashion industry which seems to be doing great.
If you intend to be a boxer, you can check out the above boxers who made a fortune out of what they loved to do. The top 10 richest boxers also have other achievements other than just wealth that make them who they are. Some of them have invested their money in lucrative businesses