If you watched the Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather fight in May 2015, then you definitely have inkling how lucrative this sport is. Dubbed the fight of the century, every man and woman, boys and girls were glued to the screen trying not to miss even a bit of the match. The fight generated more than $400 million. That aside, the participants are usually the big winners. They put their life in line to make sure that every fan is utterly entertained. There is no scripting here people, these great sports men go head to head. Check out the following top 10 richest boxers in 2015 before you make a decision whether it is worth it or not.
10. Bernard Hopkins ($40 Million)
He was born Bernard Humphrey Hopkins Jr. on 15 January 1965. Also known as the executioner or the alien, Hopkins is an American Professional Boxer who currently fights as light heavyweight and initially as middleweight. He first came into the limelight in 1988 after taking on Clinton Mitchell. Things didn’t work out for him though and he lost. His first major championship title came in 1995 after winning against Segundo Mercado in Landover, Maryland. Hopkins has won 55 of his 66 fights so far in the light heavy weight category.
9. Marvin Hagler ($45 Million)
Marvin Hagler was an undisputed World Middle Weight Champion for 7 good years from1980 to 1087; what a man. Also known as Marvelous Martin Hagler, the 61 years old American boxing star won his first title in 1980 at the famous Wembley arena; he fought against Alan Minter a renowned British Boxer. He retired in 1988 after his 7 year reign. Mr. Marvelous decided to venture into acting and boxing commentating.
8. Muhammad Ali ($50Million)
Muhammad Ali needs no introduction since he is one of the greatest boxers in the history of the competion. Born on 17th January 1942, the retired American boxer is remembered for his prolific skills and outstanding values on religious freedom and racial justice. He won 57 fights out of 61throughout his career 37 of which were knockouts. Also known as the greatest, Ali’s greatest matches were against his core rivals George Foreman and Joe Frazer; he won both matches.
7. Vitali Klitschko ($65Million)
Vitali Klitschko is a former Ukranian professional boxer who is currently a politician and mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. He was the initially the first professional boxer to hold a PhD Degree. He won his first championship title in 1999 after knocking out Herbie Hide in the second round. However, he was defeated in 20000 by Chris Byrd an American professional boxer. A tyranny of injuries forced him to hang up his gloves.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard ($120 Million)
Sugar Ray Leonard is a former American Professional boxer who was born on 17th May 1956. He is being accredited for being the first boxer to earn $100 million in purses. Throughout his career he managed to win 36 out of 40 matches; he won 25 of the matches by knockout. His first championship title was against Wilfred Benitez at Caesars Palace. He retired in 1988 after his major comeback in 1983. He is currently a motivational speaker and occasional actor.
5. Lennox Lewis ($130 Million)
He was born Lennox Claudius Lewis on 2nd September 1965. The former British Canadian professional boxer is also known as ‘The Lion’. He was the WBC heavyweight champion in 1992; his opponent Riddick Bowe refused to face him. He won 41 fights out of the 44 throughout his career. Lennox retired in 2004 after a scintillating match against Klitschko in 2003. He has been acknowledged by joining the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
4. Oscar De La Hoya ($200 Million)
Also known as the golden boy, Oscar de la Hoya is a former Mexican-American professional boxer. The 42 years old won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He comes from a boxing lineage where his grandfather, father and brother were all boxers. He generated about $700 Million income in pay per view fights. After a long and successful career, Oscar hanged up his gloves April 2009.
3. Manny Pacquiao ($200 Million)
You probably know him as Pac Man; Manny Pacquiao has many nicknames from the mexicutioner to the nation’s fist to the destroyer. He was born on 17th December 1978 in Kibawe Philippines. He undertook one of his major challenges yet in May 2015 after taking on Floyd Mayweather in a scintillating match dubbed the fight of the century. The match was however marred with criticism with fans saying there was too much hugging with less fighting. Apart from his boxing career, Pac Man is also a politician and an actor.
2. George Foreman ($250 Million)
George Foreman is a former American professional boxer, ordained minister, author and entrepreneur. The 66 years is an Olympic gold medalist and two times world heavyweight champion. He won gold the 1968 Olympic Games and first heavyweight title in 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica against Joe Fraizier. He came back from retirement to knockout Michael Moorer in 1994. George has won 76 out of his 81 matches, 68 by knockout.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($400 Million)
It seems Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the biggest winner after all in the May 2015 match against Manny Pacquiao. The 38 years old undisputed champ has won all his 48 fights. He also comes from a family of boxers; his dad Floyd Mayweather senior was also a professional boxer. According to Forbes magazine, he is the most paid athlete on the planet. He is also rated by sundry sports magazine as the best pound for pound boxer globally.