We celebrate in this list the world’s greatest and richest boxers. Not all of them have made hundreds of millions, but they certainly do rank amongst the world’s most noteworthy fighters.
Net Worth: $190 million
Manny Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won twelve major world titles. He was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes, the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight “glamour divisions”: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight, and is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s).
In total, Pacquiao’s fights have generated over $1.5 billion. In 2016, Pacquiao was elected as Senator of the Philippines for a term of 6 years.
As of 2021, this tremendous boxer who started boxing in a park is worth an estimated $190 million.
Oscar De La Hoya
Net Worth: $200 million
Oscar De La Hoya competed from 1992 to 2008, winning 11 world titles in six weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes. He is ranked as the 13th best boxer of all time, pound for pound, by BoxRec.
De La Hoya was nicknamed “The Golden Boy of boxing” by the media when he represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics where, shortly after having graduated from James A. Garfield High School, he won a gold medal in the lightweight division, and reportedly “set a sport back on its feet.
In 2002, De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm and became a professional boxing promotor. Golden Boy owns a 25% stake holding in Houston Dynamo, an American professional soccer club.
In 2018, he began promoting MMA matches as well, beginning with a 2018 fight in three parts between long-time rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. On November 24, 2018, the first Golden Boy MMA event was held.
This boxer is as business savvy as he is a top-rated boxer. As of 2021, De La Hoya is thought to have built up a personal wealth of over $200 million.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Net Worth: $120 million
Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the first boxers to have made over $100 million in fight pay-outs alone. In addition, he is often engaged for brand endorsement and motivational speaking.
Often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions; the lineal championship in three weight divisions; as well as the undisputed welterweight title. Leonard was part of “The Fabulous Four”, a group of boxers who all fought each other throughout the 1980s, consisting of Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
As of 2021, Leonard is thought to have a personal fortune of about $120 million.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Net Worth: $45 million
Known for having the highest knockout percentage of all undisputed middleweight champions at 78%, Marvin Hagler has had an awe-inspiring career in the ring, which has earned him equally awe-inspiring payouts.
The International Boxing Research Organization rates Hagler as the 6th greatest middleweight of all time, while BoxRec rates him the 29th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound. In fact many analysts and boxing commentators widely consider Hagler to have the most durable chins in boxing history, as he has only been knocked down only once in his entire career.
As of 2021, he is said to have a net worth of an estimated $45 million. He apparently had his name changed to Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1982 because network announcers did not refer to him by his then nickname Marvelous.
Net Worth: $60 million
Anthony Joshua took gold in the 2012 London Olympics, and since then he has become one of the most sellable name in boxing.
In 2014, a year after turning professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2017, his win against Wladimir Klitschko was widely watched and named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as the first British heavyweight to do so.
As of April 2020, Joshua is ranked as the world’s second best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and third by BoxRec, as well as the sixth best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.
As of 2021, this boxer with a basketball stature is estimated to have a net worth of $60 million.
Net Worth: $65 million
Wladimir Klitschko has held the world heavyweight championship twice, including the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring magazine titles. An intelligent boxer, Ukrainian born Klitschko is considered to be one of the best heavyweight champions of all time and certain one of the most strategic. He was known for his exceptional knockout power, using a strong jab, straight right hand and left hook, as well as displaying nimble footwork, which was unusual for a heavyweight who stands at 206 cm
As of 2021, Wladimir Klitschko is thought to have a net worth of $65 million.
Net Worth: $80 million
The elder brother of Wladimir, Vitali was a three-time world heavyweight champion, the second-longest-reigning WBC heavyweight champion of all time and has the fifth-longest combined world championship reign in history at 2,735 days. He held the WBO title from 1999 to 2000; the Ring magazine title from 2004 to 2005; and the WBC title twice in 2004 and between 2008 and 2013. In 2011, Vitali and his brother Wladimir entered the Guinness World Records book as the pair of brothers with most world heavyweight title fight wins (30 at the time; 40 as of 2021).
The boxing world fondly referred to the brothers’ period of supremacy as The Klitschko Era during which they reigned and broke boxing record after record side by side.
As of 2021, the older Klitschko is estimated to be worth $80 million.
Net Worth: $300 million
Nicknamed “Big George” in the ring, George Foreman competed for nearly three decades, between 1969 and 1997. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He first retired in 1977 after losing to Jimmy Young.
Big George came back to the ring in 1994 at the age of 45 and went on to win the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight championship titles by knocking out 26-year-old Michael Moorer. Big George competed for three more years before calling it quits in 1997.
In his time, Foreman has fought boxing greats like Muhammad Ali, which was Foreman’s title defense on October 30, 1974. Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Foreman as the eighth-greatest heavyweight of all time. In 2002, he was named one of the 25 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by The Ring.
Outside the ring, Foreman has been a very successful entrepreneur, selling the Foreman Grill, which he later sold the commercial rights to for $138 million in 1999.
As of 2021, George Foreman is estimated to have a personal wealth of about $300 million.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Net Worth: $525 million
Considered among the best boxers in the world, Floyd Mayweather competed between 1996 and 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career he won fifteen major world titles including The Ring in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record.
Mayweather also won bronze for the 1996 Olympics and has won the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight titles. Mayweather has fought in 50 fights throughout his career and has lost none.
As of 2021, Mayweather is estimated to be worth about $525 million, making him one of the richest boxers of all time. Being one of the top pay-per-view boxers on the planet, he has also generated about $1.67 billion in revenue from the program.
Mayweather also manages his own boxing promotional company, Mayweather Promotions.
Net Worth: $140 million
Lennox Lewis competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed championship. Lewis represented Canada as an amateur at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division after defeating Riddick Bowe in the final.
In 1999, he was named Fighter of the Year the Boxing Writers Association of America, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. BoxRec currently ranks Lewis as the sixth best heavyweight boxer of all time. In 2002, Lewis defeated Mike Tyson in one of the most watched and anticipated fights in boxing history.
As of 2021, Lennox Lewis is thought to have a personal wealth of about $140 million.
Net Worth: $140 million
As of November 2020, Canelo Alvarez is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound by BoxRec. He is also the world’s best active middleweight by The Ring.
Alvarez has held multiple world championships in four weight classes. He has also held the WBA (Super), Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles since 2018, and the unified WBA (Super), WBC and Ring super middleweight titles since December 2020.
On November 17 via social media, Álvarez announced he would be facing Callum Smith on December 19 2020 in a unification bout for the WBA and vacant WBC super-middleweight titles. The fight will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
As of 2021, this counterpuncher is thought to have a net worth of approximately $140 million.
Conor Anthony McGregor
Net Worth: $120 million
Conor Anthony McGregor is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion.
As of November 2020, he is ranked number 12 in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings, and as of December 2020, he is number 5 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, having headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events, drawing about 2.4 million views PPV buys when he faced Khabib Nuragomedov at UFC 229 and 4.3 million views when he took on Mayweather in 2017.
As of 2021, this Irish boxer Conor McGregor is thought to have accumulated about $120 million.
Net Worth: $5 million
Erik Morales was active between 1993 to 2012. Hailing from Mexico, this boxer was the first Mexican boxer to have won world titles in four different weight classes.
Morales defeated fifteen world champions during the course of his career, and is famous for his trilogy-fights with fellow Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, as well as Manny Pacquiao. ESPN ranked Morales number 49 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.
As of 2021, Erik Morales is estimated to have a net worth of about $5 million.
Net Worth: $3 million
Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. Claiming his first belt at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old, Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title.
Known as the Baddest Man on the Planet, Tyson has stirred a lot of controversy in his time. In 1992, he was convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison. When he made parole some three years later, he tried to make a comeback and regained the WBC and WBA titles in 1996.
He was ranked 16th on The Ring magazine’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time, and first on ESPN’s list of “The Hardest Hitters in Heavyweight History”.
In 2003, Tyson declared bankruptcy even though he has earned throughout his career some $300 million.
In 2020, he is thought to have made some of his money back and is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million. Most of the money he has currently was made from TV and movie appearances, in particular, in the movie The Hangover.
Net Worth: $500 thousand
Evander Holyfield was the undisputed champion in the cruiserweight category in the late 1980s and in the heavyweight category in the early 1990s.
He remains the only boxer to hold the championship title in these two categories. He was supposed to have been defeated by Buster Douglas in 1990, by Riddick Bowe in 1993, by Mike Tyson in 1996, and by John Ruiz in 2000. They all could not take the title from him.
Evander Holyfield remains the only 4 time world heavyweight champion. Holyfield came from very humble beginnings, often thinking if he kept quiet and didn’t say much, no one would see the holes in his clothes.
As of 2021, after 57 fights, Evander Holyfield is, however, only worth about $500 thousand, having suffered severe financial issues, notwithstanding that he had made some $230 million in earnings throughout his career.
Net Worth: $45 million
Tyson Fury is an Irish professional boxer. He is a two-time heavyweight world champion, having held the WBC, The Ring magazine and lineal titles since taking away the title from Deontay Wilder in February 2020. Prior to defeating Wilder, he had held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO,IBO, The Ring, and lineal titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
With his defeat of Deontay Wilder, Fury is the third heavyweight, after Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali to hold The Ring magazine title twice, and the first heavyweight in history to have held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring magazine titles.
Tyson was actually born prematurely and doctors told his parents that his chances of surviving were low. Today, he is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by ESPN, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and BoxRec, as well as the second-best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.
In fact, in this boxer suffered a bout of difficulties when he was stripped of his IBF title when he was not able to fight his mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov as Fury was incapacitated owing to alcoholism, recreational drug use and having put on extreme weight. His performance in his challenge against Wilder, then a WBC heavyweight titleholder was dubbed the Comeback of the Year in 2018. As we mentioned, in February 2020, he defeated Wilder in a rematch.
As of 2021, Tyson Fury is estimated to have a net worth of $45 million.
Net Worth: $30 million
Deontay Wilder came to the boxing scene late at the age of 20. As an amateur, he had won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, and he was after known by his nickname The Bronze Bomber.
Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to February 2020, becoming the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years. As of November 2020, he is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight by BoxRec, third by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and by The Ring magazine.
Although he was defeated by Tyson Fury in February 2020 by a technical knockout, Wilder is as of 2021 estimated to be worth $30 million.
Net Worth: $80 million
No list is complete without mention of Muhammad Ali, aka Cassius Clay Jr. Ali captured the world’s imagination.
He was involved in several historic boxing matches and feuds, most notably his fights with Joe Frazier, such as the Fight of the Century and the Thrilla in Manila, and his fight with George Foreman, known as The Rumble in the Jungle, which has been called “arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century” and was watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide, becoming the world’s most-watched live television broadcast at the time.
To put the 1 billion viewers in perspective, The Rumble in the Jungle was fought in 1974, and to get 1 billion viewers is a feat that even social media and the internet today would find it hard to surpass in viewership.
As of 2021, at the time of Ali’s death in 2016, he had a net worth of about $80 million. Outside of the ring, Ali was a two time Grammy nominated artist. His daughter, Laila Ali, followed in her fathers footsteps competing professionally from 1999 to 2007.