The Top 10 Highest Paid Boxers of All Time

Some people think that elite boxers have it made. They fight two to three times a year and get paid tons of money for three nights of boxing for a maximum of 36 minutes per fight. And they get paid whether they win or lose.

Besides those 36 minutes consisting of three minutes of 12 rounds, these fighters train intensively for three months prior to the fight. They follow a strict diet, wake up early in the morning and do punishing exercise routines to get themselves in tip top shape come fight night. And they run the risk of getting beaten up by an opponent who underwent a similar training for the opportunity to beat the living hell out of him.  Besides, they would only get elite status if they beat equally illustrious fighters as well.

Once at the top, they can start commanding top dollar each time they climb up the ring. The following guys have earned the most from just one fight, and they are the top 10 highest paid boxers of all time.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Boxers of All Time

Oscar de la Hoya:-

Oscar de la Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya is a retired American professional boxer of Mexican descent. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School.He was a champion in six different weight classes, winning 10 world titles in the process. He is also a savvy businessman, putting up Golden Boy Promotions in order to take control of his own fights. He has earned $696 million in the process, making him the highest earning boxer of all time. He is also the highest paid, amassing $53 million for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in 2007.

  • Net Worth : $200 Million
  • Born: February 4, 1973 (age 40), East Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Height: 1.79 m
  • Spouse: Millie Corretjer (m. 2001)
  • Martial art: Boxing
  • Children: Atiana de la Hoya, Devon De La Hoya, more
  • Albums: Oscar De La Hoya

Evander Holyfield:-

Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield is a retired American professional boxer. He is a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname “The Real Deal.Evander Holyfield was not intimidated by the persona of Tyson, which he proved when he knocked out the former champion in their first fight. For the second fight, he once again proved his worth, though he surely earned his money this time around. Tyson kept biting Holyfield’s ear, eventually tearing out a piece and spitting it out in full view of the crowd and a television audience from around the world. He won after Tyson was disqualified.

  • Net Worth : $35 million
  • Born: October 19, 1962 (age 51), Atmore, Alabama, United States
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Weight: 102 kg
  • Children: Evette Ashley Holyfield, Emani Winter Holyfield, more
  • Spouse: Candi Calvana Smith (m. 2003–2012), Janice Itson (m. 1996–2000), Paulette Bowen (m. 1985–1991)
  • Siblings: Bernard Holyfield

Floyd Mayweather Jr.:-

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer, currently undefeated as a professional. He is a five-division world champion, having won eight world titles and the lineal championship in three different weight classes.He got the biggest guaranteed purse in boxing history when he fought Miguel Cotto for the light middleweight championship in 2012. It was one of the few times that Mayweather got tested by an opponent, as Cotto landed several good punches that bloodied the former. Still, Mayweather dominated and won the fight by unanimous decision.

  • Net Worth : $172 Million
  • Born: February 24, 1977 (age 36), Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Weight: 68 kg
  • Martial art: Boxing
  • Parents: Floyd Mayweather, Sr.
  • Siblings: Justin Jones

Wladimir Klitschko:-

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian heavyweight professional boxer. Klitschko is the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight Champion.While his brother owns the WBC version of the crown, Wladimir has the WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight belts. The only heavyweight title missing from their collection in 2011 was the WBA crown, which was held by David Haye. Both brothers wanted to fight Haye, but Wladimir ended up meeting him in a unification title bout in Germany. He won almost every round on his way to earning a unanimous decision.

Net Worth : $32 million

  • Born: March 25, 1976 (age 37), Semey, Kazakhstan
  • Height: 1.98 m
  • Weight: 110 kg
  • Spouse: Aleksandra Klitschko (m. 1996–1998)
  • Siblings: Vitali Klitschko

David Haye:-

David Haye

David “The Hayemaker” Haye is an English professional boxer from London and former WBA heavyweight champion.The former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world had gone up the heavyweight rank to fight the big boys. He did everything to rile up the brothers, even showing up with a shirt showing the Klitschkos with their heads decapitated. Even the critics believed in him. He ended up earning 50 percent of the purse, though whether he deserved it is debatable after he lost in lopsided fashion.

Net Worth : $32 million

  • Born: October 13, 1980 (age 33), Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Weight: 95 kg
  • Spouse: Natasha Haye (m. 2008)
  • Parents: Jane Haye, Deron Haye
  • Children: Cassius Haye

Mike Tyson:-

Mike Tyson

Michael GerardMikeTyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American retired professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.

Net Worth : $30 million

  • Born: June 30, 1966 (age 47), Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Spouse: Lakiha Spicer (m. 2009), Monica Turner (m. 1997–2003), Robin Givens (m. 1988–1989)
  • Children: Exodus Tyson, Rayna Tyson, Amir Tyson, more
  • Parents: Lorna Smith, Jimmy Kirkpatrick

Lennox Lewis:-

Lennox Lewis

Lennox Claudius Lewis, is a retired boxer and the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship.He had defeated Holyfield in an earlier fight. He then signed on to fight Mike Tyson in 2002. A lot of people hoped for a classic fight, with the pay-per-view sales going over the roof. The fight turned out to be a bore, however, as Lewis dominated Tyson and knocked him out in the eighth round.

  • Net Worth : $60 million
  • Born: September 2, 1965 (age 48), West Ham
  • Height: 1.95 m
  • Weight: 116 kg
  • Spouse: Violet Chang (m. 2005)
  • Martial art: Boxing
  • Children: Landon Lewis, Ling Lewis, Leya Lewis, Leviah Lewis

Manny Pacquiao:-

Manny Pacquiao

EmmanuelMannyDapidran Pacquiao,(born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first and only eight-division world champion,in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He is also the second highest paid athlete in the world.

  • Net Worth : $100 million
  • Born: December 17, 1978 (age 35), Kibawe, Philippines
  • Height: 1.69 m
  • Martial art: Boxing
  • Albums: Laban Nating Lahat Ito, Pac-Man Punch
  • Children: Michael Pacquiao, Princess Pacquiao, Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr, Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao

Vitali Klitschko:-

Vitali Klitschko

Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. He is the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament.The fight was held in Germany. All it took was one right hook from Klitschko and Solis went down right in the first round. He hurt his right knee while falling to the canvas that forced the referee to stop the bout.

  • Net Worth : $65 million
  • Born: July 19, 1971 (age 42), Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
  • Height: 2.01 m
  • Weight: 110 kg
  • Spouse: Natalia Klitschko (m. 1996)
  • Party: Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform
  • Siblings: Wladimir Klitschko

Miguel Cotto:-

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Angel Cotto Vazquez (born October 29, 1980) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. As an amateur, Cotto represented Puerto Rico in the lightweight and light welterweight divisions at various international events including the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 1998 Junior World Championships where he won a silver medal. Cotto began his professional career in 2001, and on September 11, 2004, he defeated Kelson Pinto for the WBO junior welterweight championship. He defended the title successfully a total of six times, before vacating it when he ascended to the welterweight division.

  • Net Worth : $15 million
  • Born: October 29, 1980 (age 33), Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Height: 1.70 m
  • Nationality: Puerto Rican
  • Spouse: Melissa Guzman
  • Martial art: Boxing
  • Siblings: Jose Cotto

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