Boxing, like most other sports, is not about prize money – but this doesn’t stop the best and most famous boxers in the world to be filthy rich. Their net worth, much like the Red Flush accumulative jackpots that increase in value, in continuously growing not because of the cash they pocket for fighting but due to the various other things they do outside the ring (like endorsing brands). And this can be a pretty lucrative activity, too – let the list of the richest boxers of 2017 stand proof.
5. Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko is a Ukrainian former professional boxer, currently the mayor of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. During his career as a boxer, he fought 47 times, losing only twice (he won 41 of his fights by KO) and both of his losses happened due to injury. A three-time world heavyweight champion, he held the WBC heavyweight title for the second longest term in history.
According to The Richest, he has an estimated net worth of $65 million today.
4. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao, aka Pac-Man, is considered to this day one of the best boxers in the world. As his Ukrainian counterpart, he also chose a political career, currently serving as a Senator in his native Philippines. While active in the ring, he became the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing. Aside from boxing, he was also active as an actor and a singer.
The Richest estimates his net worth to be around $190 million in 2017.
3. Oscar De La Hoya
Nicknamed “The Golden Boy”, Oscar De La Hoya had an impressive boxing career. He won his first gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and proceeded to win world titles in six different weight classes from lightweight to middleweight. Out of his 45 fights, he won 39 (30 by KO).
De La Hoya has, according to The Richest, a net worth of $200 million, earned in part through his own business “Golden Boy Promotions”.
2. George Foreman
Although he has retired four decades ago, George Foreman is still one of the richest boxers in history. “Big George” won two world heavyweight titles and an Olympic gold during his career, and he is perhaps most famous for his bouts with Muhammad Ali. Outside of the ring, Foreman was an author, an ordained minister, and an entrepreneur, spending a large part of the money made through his endorsements to fund InventHelp, the company behind America’s largest invention trade show.
According to The Richest, he has a net worth of $250 million.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
With an estimated net worth of $565 million, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the richest boxer in the world. A former professional boxer, currently a professional box promoter, Mayweather has held multiple titles in five weight classes as an active fighter before retiring unbeaten after 50 matches (27 of them won by KO).