Boxing is a dangerous game. However, for the die-hard professionals, it is a great money spinning adventure as well. There are many people who have made a more than a decent living in professional boxing. Of course, you have your share of injuries as well as defeats. However, a successful boxer is one who manages to emerge stronger from each defeat. This gives him a resolve to continue fighting.
We shall look at the total earnings of boxers over their careers to find out who the richest boxers in the world are. They may not include the active boxers who are yet to reach their high levels of earning. This list comprises of 10 richest boxers 2018 who have made a fortune fighting inside the ring as well as raking in the moolah outside the ring by doing commercials and endorsements.
10. Bernard Hopkins: Net Worth – $40 million
You need to have a high percentage of wins in order to be rich and successful in boxing. This is because each win guarantees you another fight until you reach the championship round. Each win can rake in the moolah. At No. 10, we have Bernard Hopkins who has 51 wins out of the 59 fights he has participated in. A former world middleweight champion, he has defended his title 20 times, a world record. He has a unique style of fighting that has earned him the nickname, ‘The Executioner’ and ‘The B-Hop’. With career earnings of $40 million through fights and endorsements, Bernard Hopkins opens up this list with an impressive figure.
09. Marvin Hagler: Net Worth – $45 million
The boxer at No. 9 on our list is Marvin Hagler, a former middleweight world champion. This American boxer finds a mention in the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his exploits inside the ring. One of the strongest boxers of his time, he has won the Fighter of the Year Award many times in his career. He has also won the Fighter of the Decade award as well. With a total net worth of $45 million, Marvin Hagler is the No. 9 on this list.
08. Muhammad Ali: Net Worth – $50 million
The boxer at No. 8 is no longer alive. He expired in June 2016. Yes, we are referring to the greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali. As far as skills go, no other boxer in the world can touch him with the end of a barge pole. He was head and shoulders above every one of his competitors. The most graceful of fighters ever to step inside the ring, Muhammad Ali was a three-time heavyweight champion. Some of his bouts with George Foreman, Leon Spinks, etc. are the greatest ever in the history of the sport. Even though he expired last year, he has amassed a fortune for his widow and children. This net worth in the region of $50 million makes him the 8th richest boxer of all time.
07. Vitali Klitschko: Net Worth – $65 million
One of the few professional boxers to have a lucrative career after his boxing days are over, Vitali Klitschko is the No. 7 on this list of richest boxers. Possessing one of the hardest punches in the world, Vitali is also known as Dr. Iron Fist inside the ring. His fights with Lennox Lewis are legendary. Having won many boxing championships in his prime, Vitali Klitschko settled down in his second innings as a Ukrainian politician. His earnings from the ring as well as from his political exploits are in the range of $65 million making him the 7th richest boxer in the world.
06. Sugar Ray Leonard: Net Worth – $120 million
We have Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the greatest boxers of all time at the No. 6 position in this list. Often spoken of in the same breath as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard is a motivational speaker today. He has acted in some films as well. In a career that spread over two decades, Sugar Ray Leonard has won world championship titles in five different weight categories. The first boxer ever to earn over a hundred million dollars, Sugar Ray Leonard’s career earnings stand at $120 million making him the 6th richest boxer in the world.
05. Lennox Lewis: Net Worth – $130 million
A three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis is the No. 5 in this list. He has a reputation of being the last undisputed heavyweight champion in the world. Lennox Lewis holds dual citizenship of Britain as well as Canada, having won the gold medal in the super heavyweight category in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Standing 6 ft and 5 inches tall, Lewis had a fantastic reach using which he used to subdue distinguished opponents such as Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson with a great degree of ease. With career earnings in the range of $130 million, Lewis is the No. 5 richest boxer in the world.
04. Oscar De La Hoya: Net worth – $200 million
One of the most handsome boxers in the world, Oscar De La Hoya has the nick name of The Golden Boy. Possessing dual citizenship of the USA and Mexico, Oscar won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympic Games at Barcelona in the lightweight division. Boxing is in his genes with his grandfather, father, and brothers all being boxers of repute. Oscar De La Hoya maintains the record of winning ten world championship titles in six different weight categories. At one point in time he had the reputation of being the top pay-per-view earner in boxing before distinguished boxers such as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. overtook him. With total earnings in the range of $200 million, Oscar De La Hoya is the perfect No. 4 in this list of richest boxers in the world.
03. Manny Pacquiao: Net Worth – $200 million
Usually, you find the best boxers from the US, Russia and the South American countries. This is because they have a better administration running for them. In spite of not having such advantages, we have a boxer from the Philippines making waves in the boxing circuit in recent times. Manny Pacquiao, the No. 3 on this list is still active on the boxing scene. Regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Manny has won eleven major world championships. He has the record of being the only eight division world champion in the world today. Currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines, Manny has total earnings of $200 million from the boxing circuit, making him occupy the 3rd spot in this list.
02. George Foreman: Net Worth – $250 million
It is difficult to imagine combining boxing with religion because boxing is a violent sport and no religion in the world supports violence in any form. In spite of this irony, you have George Foreman excelling, both as a heavyweight boxer as well as an ordained minister. One of the few boxers having the capacity and strength to consistently engage with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman would have had a fantastic unbeatable record if it had not been for the genius of Ali. His first loss in the professional circuit was without doubt, the greatest one-to-one fight of all time. We are referring to “The Rumble in the Jungle” with Muhammad Ali in 1974. The total career earnings of $250 million make him the 2nd richest boxer of all time.
01. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Net Worth – $380 million
We have an undefeated world heavyweight champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.at the No. 1 position. A five-division world champion Mayweather has won fifteen world titles in an illustrious career spanning twenty years. Known as an entertainer par excellence, Mayweather has participated in the WWE. Standing 5 ft and 8 inches tall, he managed to knock out Big Show (7ft 2 in) quite easily.
Holding the record for generating the maximum pay-per-views, this bout netted him a cool $20 million. He is a versatile performer possessing a beautiful pair of dancing feet as well. He is a good rap singer. Living a life of pure luxury, Mayweather spends $1000 for having a haircut. It can surprise you that he has two or even three such haircuts in a week. Naturally, he can afford the same with his career earnings of $380 million. This makes him the richest boxer in the world.
Boxing is a dangerous sport but it can bring in the millions as well for the top professionals. The millions look great on the screen. However, one should also realize the effort and the pain that goes into earning these millions. This list of the top 10 richest boxers of all time should inspire many to take up this sport as a profession.