Some boxing legends have proven their talents go well beyond the ring, be it as brand ambassadors, entrepreneurs, or businessmen. Here's a look at the great boxers who hold the highest net worth.
40. Rocky Marciano - $1 Million
Rocky Marciano was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 1923. The legendary athlete dropped out of high school after tenth grade and worked a variety of odd jobs. Marciano was later drafted into the U.S. Army, where he started boxing and won the 1946 Amateur Armed Forces.
Rocky had his professional debut in 1947 and famously won all 49 fights he partook in during his pro boxing career. 43 of those victories were via knockout. Marciano defended the World Heavyweight Championship title from 1952 to 1956. Celebrity Net Worth estimates the undefeated fighter had a net worth of $1 million.
39. Roy Jones Jr.- $7 Million
Roy Levesta Jones Jr. made a name for himself in the boxing world when he won the IBF Middleweight Championship in 1993. Later gaining the WBA Heavyweight title in 2003, Jones was a force to be reckoned with.
After dropping his rap album Round One and appearing in two films for the Matrix franchise, Jones raised his net worth to an estimated $55 million before dropping to $7 million "due to failed business ventures, particularly real estate investments," according to Celebrity Net Worth.
38. Frank Bruno - $10 Million
This tough man's passion for boxing began at the age of nine when he started training at the local Wandsworth Boys Club in England. Frank Bruno later fought in his first professional fight on March 17th, 1982, at 20 years old, in London's Royal Albert Hall.
From 1982 to 1996, Bruno faced the likes of Mike Tyson and other top-rated heavyweights in the ring. The peak of Frank's career was arguably his defeat of Oliver McCall for the WBC heavyweight title in 1995. The former English boxer sits on a net worth of $10 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth.
37. Andy Ruiz Jr. - $10 Million
American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. has a hefty net worth of $10 million, as listed by Celebrity Net Worth. So how did the strong man reach the millions? Ruiz rose to fame in June 2019 after defeating Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Andy earned $7 million from the winning fight and became the first boxer of Mexican heritage to be a world heavyweight champion. Since then, Ruiz has continued to impress fans with his skills and has appeared on various talk shows.
36. Joe Calzaghe - $10 Million
Joe Calzaghe, also known as "The Pride of Wales," "The Italian Dragon," and "Super Joe," is a Welsh former pro who was active from 1993 to 2008. Calzaghe was named one of the world's top ten boxers by The Ring from 2006 to 2008. He reached number three in January 2009, about a month before retiring.
The Italian Dragon retired with an undefeated record, having won all forty-six fights of his professional career. Joe was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014 and now owns a boxing promotion company. Celebrity Net Worth reports Calzaghe has a $10 million net worth.
35. Julio César Chávez - $10 Million
It's hard to imagine the boxing world without this iconic figure. Born in Mexico in 1962, Julio César Chávez competed with the pros for over two decades, from 1980 to 2005. American boxing magazine The Ring named him the world's best boxer from 1990 to 1993.
And looking at his winning record, it's not hard to see why. Julio is a multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions. He held the WBC super featherweight title and the WBC light welterweight title, to name a few. Celebrity Net Worth estimates César Chávez sits on a net worth of roughly $10 million.
34. Jake LaMotta - $10 Million
Jake LaMotta, born in The Bronx, New York, in 1921, was a World Middleweight Champion. Known for being a rough fighter, LaMotta was nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" or "Raging Bull." The latter moniker later became the title of a 1980 film in which Robert De Niro portrayed the famous boxer.
LaMotta kept his post-retirement life busy and took off on new career paths. He became a stand-up comedian and actor, appearing in The Hustler, The Doctor and the Playgirl, The Runaways, and Firepower. Jake also owned and managed multiple bars. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Bronx Bull had a net worth of $10 million.
33. Mike Tyson - $10 Million
Mike Tyson is arguably one of the best heavyweight boxers ever, earning him flattering nicknames like "Iron Mike," "Kid Dynamite," and "The Baddest Man on the Planet." The celebrated athlete reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. After retiring from boxing, Mike starred in his own series, Taking on Tyson.
The former Kid Dynamite also had a show on Adult Swim, Mike Tyson Mysteries, and hosts a podcast, Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tyson's boxing and television career, brand partnerships, and cameos in famous films like The Hangover have led to a net worth of $10 million.
32. David Díaz - $15 Million
This former lightweight boxer won an impressive 36 out of 41 fights during his professional career. Díaz competed from 1996 to 2011 and held the World Boxing Council lightweight title from 2007 to 2008. Before that, he was also a 1996 member of the US Olympic Team.
David has remained a prominent public figure post-retirement. He is active in Chicago's Mexican-American community, is involved in mentoring youth, and was the Grand Marshal of the 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade. Celebrity Net Worth puts Díaz's net worth at $15 million.
31. Buster Douglas - $15 Million
The son of the late professional boxer William "Dynamite" Douglas, there's no doubt this American athlete has made a name for himself in and out of the ring. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Buster Douglas has a net worth of about $15 million. The former fighter is best known for defeating Mike Tyson in 1990.
Douglas's victory against arguably the best boxer of the time defied all expectations, as he went into the fight as a total underdog and knocked out Tyson in the tenth round. Buster reigned as the world heavyweight champion for eight months until Evander Holyfield defeated him.
30. Antonio Margarito - $15 Million
Nicknamed "El Tornado de Tijuana," Mexican-born Antonio earned his name in the ring thanks to his aggressive fighting style and his iron chin. On July 21, 2001, he got his first world title against southpaw Daniel Santos for the WBO Welterweight, showing his opponents what he is made of.
In addition to his personal television segment on HBO named Ring Life: Antonio Margarito. He is a former WBA, WBO, and IBF Welterweight Champion, earning hefty sums from royalties and pay-per-view matches. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth to be a whopping $15 Million.
29. Larry Holmes - $18 Million
Next on our ranking of the richest boxers of all time is the one-and-only Larry Holmes. Born in Cuthbert, Georgia, and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania, Holmes fought with the pros from 1973 to 2002. His Pennsylvanian roots and impressive left jab earned him the nickname "Easton Assassin."
Larry held the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983. After retiring, Holmes invested his money in multiple restaurants, a nightclub, a training facility, and other endeavors. Today, the 71-year-old has a net worth of $18 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
28. Nigel Benn - $20 Million
Nigel Benn, a.k.a. the 'Dark Destroyer,' found his place in the ring long before the world came to know him. But after going pro in 1987, his winning streak of knockouts began. Fighting big names like Abdul Umaru, Nigel certainly made his mark.
Along with his successful career as a professional athlete, after retirement, Nigel also worked as a DJ and made an appearance in the wacky British survival reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. All of these endeavors resulted in an estimated net worth of $20 Million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
27. Juan Manuel Marquez - $20 Million
Juan Manuel Marquez’s boxing career was already in play from the early age of 8, thanks to his father's encouragement. Little did his dad know that his son would become a world champion in three leagues, including the WBA, WBO, and The Ring. Marquez surely became notable as a Mexican boxer.
Juan Manuel Marquez allegedly earned more than $5 million from his third fight against Manny Pacquiao on December 8th, 2012. Matches were the primary stream of income for Marquez, slowly swelling his wealth to around $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
26. Freddie Roach - $20 Million
Although Roach started his career as a professional boxer, today he practices as a trainer, taking big names from the boxing world under his wing. Those who have won fights using his help include Manny Pacquiao, Julio César Chávez Jr., Georges St-Pierre, and many others.
But Roach explored other endeavors beyond boxing. He also worked with a vast number of MMA fighters, including UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. From Hollywood to forms of martial arts, his coaching skills have garnered him a net worth of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
25. David Haye - $20 Million
David Haye is a British-born professional boxer, who became widely known for winning the WBA heavyweight, world, and European cruiserweight title belts. Having a large following and with many other achievements under his belt, he is certainly a notable figure in boxing globally.
Haye is known as a "hard-hitting boxer," reportedly being one of the few genuine crossover stars in the sport – transitioning from heavyweight to cruiserweight classes. As claimed by Celebrity Net Worth, he's built an estimated net worth of $20 million through his impressive career throwing punches.
24. Carl Froch - $20 Million
Carl Froch was born in Nottingham, England, and is often referred to as "The Sheriff of Nottingham" by his fans. After going pro in 2002, he's fought in 35 bouts, winning 33 of them and earning respect as a great boxer. He would eventually become a four-time world champion.
Froch has built a reputation for ending the long winning streaks of his talented opponents. His unbelievable talent in doing so has earned him a huge estimated fortune of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. With paychecks from both celebrity appearances and matches, Froch’s bank account is as big as his range of skills.
23. Andre Berto - $20 Million
Two-time welterweight world champion Andre Michael Berto found passion in boxing from a young age, through his father's encouragement. The Haitian-born fighter ended up winning in the National PAL title twice and later represented his country in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mike not only made roughly $20 million through his matches and representation in the Olympics but also through real estate. With his deep pockets, he bought a $6.62 million home in Beverly Hills in 2017 before selling it the following year for a sweet $9 million.
22. Miguel Cotto - $25 Million
Miguel Cotto rose to fame when he gained recognition as the first and only Puerto Rican to win titles in 4 different weight classes. He began his professional career in 2001 and is currently the WBC and The Ring World Middleweight Champion. Various sources consider Cotto as one of the greatest Peurto Rican boxers ever.
Miguel Cotto earned his estimated $25 million fortune through his notable matches, according to Celebrity Net Worth. One of his most memorable fights was in 2012 when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. It was by far his highest payday, allegedly banking him $8 million+ worth of the PPV profits.
21. Tyson Fury - $30 Million
Tyson Fury is an Irish and British professional boxer who is widely known for his 2015 win against Wladimir Klitschko. He became the WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, WBO, and The Ring unified heavyweight champion. Fury made his professional boxing debut in December 2008 and has since gained a ton of acclaim and notoriety.
Celebrity Net Worth explained that of Fury's $30 million fortune, $28 million came from his February 2020 rematch against Deontay Wilder. Earning the rest of his net worth through matches and pay-per-view, this boxer continues to build more than just a name for himself.
20. Gennady Golovkin - $30 Million
Gennady Golovkin, also known as "GGG," is a Kazakhstani boxer and is recognized for a range of high moments, including having won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens as a middleweight. He then made his professional debut in 2006 and was named "Fighter of the Year" in 2013 by The Ring magazine.
2018 was a big year for GGG as well, as he signed a three-year contract with the DAZN streaming service worth an alleged $100 million. With only 6 fights stated in the agreement, the boxer is earning about $16 million per match, per Celebrity Net Worth. All of the above moves have resulted in a comfy net worth of about $30 million.
19. Felix Trinidad - $30 Million
Having won five National Amateur Championships in his home country of Puerto Rico and becoming a professional at the age of 17, Felix Trinidad certainly has an impressive track record. Setting the longest reign as the Welterweight Champion at more than 6 years, Trinidad is certainly an intimidating opponent.
Trinidad achieved many titles that brought along heavy sums of cash, such as the WBA Light Middleweight title, WBC Welterweight title, and WBA Middleweight title. Through pay-per-view and fights won, Celebrity Net Worth puts this icon's net worth at an estimated $30 million.
18. Deontay Wilder - $30 Million
Deontay Wilder became known in the boxing world after landing the WBC Heavyweight title in 2015. After a long streak of 9 years without an American Heavyweight champion, Deontay broke the trend and held the title for 6 years thereafter, marking a truly incredible time in boxing history.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Deontay's estimated net worth has been earned through his high-profile matches. Some of his most notable paydays include $20 million for a Luis Ortiz rematch and $28 million for the Tyson Fury rematch. Between June 2019 and June 2020, Deontay reportedly earned over $30 million.
17. Anthony Mundine - $30 Million
The Australian boxer Anthony Mundine originally had his heart set on a career in rugby. After receiving little to no pro offers, he chose a different path and went on to become the WBA Super Middleweight Champion in 2003, officially finding his true calling in the boxing ring.
Celebrity Net Worth explains that his fortune comes from televised matches and viewership royalty earnings. Various sources claim his match with Danny Green was one of the most-watched pay-per-view events that Australia had ever hosted. All of these feats account for a very nice net worth of $30 million.
16. Naseem Hamed - $33 Million
British-born Naseem Hamed kickstarted his professional career in 1992 after joining the flyweight division. Known as "Prince Naseem" by his fans, he's developed a reputation for his epic entrances, from flying on a carpet to recreating the legendary video for Michael Jackon’s "Thriller."
Naseem’s status has skyrocketed from his winning streaks, earning titles like the WBO Featherweight Champion and the World Featherweight Champion. These achievements, along with other wins, have garnered him a net worth of somewhere around $33 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
15. Ricky Hatton - $40 Million
Ricky Hatton made his professional boxing debut in 1997. During that time, he won a big match against Colin McAuley in the first round. Ever since that memorable victory, Hatton gained quite a following. His fans widely recognize him as the one to knock out any opponent.
One of Hatton's most famous battles happened against someone else on this list, Manny Pacquiao. Though he lost the match, Hatton still came out of the fight with a pocketful of career-best winnings of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. All told, this boxer’s estimated net worth sits at a comfortable $40 million.
14. Bernard Hopkins - $40 Million
Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins was recognized as the oldest World Champion in 2011, at the age of 46, according to Boxrec. Hopkins made his professional boxing debut as a Light heavyweight in 1988, later earning the IBF Middleweight title by knocking out Segundo Mercado in the seventh round.
"I didn't feel like I was 46 tonight," Bernard famously said in an interview with Philadelphia Daily News. "I felt closer to 36." He passed the legendary George Foreman for the crown of oldest boxing world champion. With his incredible career, Celebrity Net Worth estimated his net worth at $40 million
13. Amir Khan - $40 Million
British-born boxer Amir Khan began competitive boxing in school. After taking home the gold medal in the Junior Olympics in 2003, he went on to achieve multiple victories, gaining attention for being one of the youngest WBA title winners ever at the age of 22.
Celebrity Net Worth dubbed Amir Khan as one of the highest-paid British boxers of all-time, earning big sums for single fights along with pay-per-view. Thanks to big paychecks like a $13 million one for a 2016 fight against Saul Alvarez, Khan’s estimated net worth is around $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
12. Marvin Hagler - $45 Million
Marvin Hagler built his fame and net worth as an undisputed Middleweight Champion boxer. Being in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, one of Marvin’s most classic stunts was that he legally changed his name to “Marvelous Marvin Hagler” because he was upset that the announcers didn’t call him "Marvelous" enough.
Being labeled as the fifth-greatest middleweight boxer ever via Boxrec, Celebrity Net Worth calculates that this boxer's fortune has been attained through his World Middleweight Championship defense bouts from 1980 to 1987, putting his estimated worth at $45 million.
11. Muhammad Ali - $50 Million
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., found his passion at the age of 12 after a police officer advised him to channel his anger into boxing. Ali would eventually participate in what was widely hailed as the "fight of the century" against heavyweight titleholder Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden in 1971.
Ali's biggest career paycheck came in 1980 when he earned $7.9 million for fighting Larry Holmes. In 2006, Clay reportedly sold the rights to his name and image for $50 million, which, according to Celebrity Net Worth, put his monetary value at an estimated $50 million or more.
10. Vitali Klitschko - $80 Million
Ukrainian-born Vitali Klitschko earned the nickname "Dr. Ironfist" for his exceptionally powerful punches in the ring. Having won several boxing championships, Klitschko's rise to boxing fame began when he won the Super Heavyweight championship at the World Military Games in Italy.
In addition to being a prominent chess player, Vitali also has a small political career, running for mayor of the Ukrainian city of Kyiv. Given these moves and with the matches and titles he has earned, Celebrity Net Worth estimates an impressive $80 million net worth for the boxer.
9. Anthony Joshua - $80 Million
British-born Anthony Joshua started his boxing career at the ripe age of 18, representing Britain at the 2012 Olympics and winning a gold medal. After declining an offer of more than $60,000 to turn professional, he said, "Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals."
Well, Anthony still managed to tally a whopping $54 million between June 2018-2019, the majority of which came from his fight against Andy Ruiz Jr., per Celebrity Net Worth. That year alone was enough to make Anthony one of the highest-paid British athletes across all sports, placing his overall net worth at an estimated $80 8illion.
8. Wladimir Klitschko - $90 Million
Wladimir Klitschko, widely known for his very unique fighting style, brought unseen knockout power to virtually every fight with strong jabs and fierce left hooks. He represented Ukraine at the 1996 Olympics and took home gold in the super heavyweight division, becoming a national star.
Gaining massive sums of money from all the royalties surrounding his matches, Celebrity Net Worth has reason to believe Wladimir's net worth at a staggering $90 million. Another addition to his fortune is his success in selling his gold medal to a buyer who bid $1 million.
7. Sugar Ray Leonard - $120 Million
Sugar Ray Leonard built a loyal following and gained fame through his many successful career endeavors. Throughout his 20-year long career, he won world titles in five different weight divisions. He also won lineal championships in three different weight divisions and the undisputed welterweight title.
Leonard also received a considerable amount of fame for his financial pursuits, as he became the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in match purses. Playing in some real estate in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, Celebrity Net Worth estimates his incredible net worth to be around $120 million.
6. Saul Alvarez - $140 Million
Saul Alvarez, also known as "Canelo," is a professional Mexican boxer and a four-division world champion. He first started boxing when he was 13 years old, having won the silver medal in the Mexican Junior Championship. Winning gold the very next year at the age of 15, his professional career was cemented very quickly.
On October 17, 2018, Alvarez signed a tremendous 5-year 11-fight contract worth $365 million with Oscar De La Hoya's promotion company and DAZN. Between 2018-2019, Canelo earned an alleged $95 million from the agreement, and Celebrity Net Worth claims his net worth is now around $140 million.
5. Lennox Lewis - $140 Million
Lennox Lewis began his professional boxing career in 1989 in his home country of England when he signed with boxing promoter Frank Maloney. Undefeated for his first 22 professional fights, he quickly rose to fame. Ultimately, Lewis was given the International Boxing Federation title of undisputed heavyweight champion.
Besides appearing in the American hip-hop duo Reflection Eternal's debut album Train of Thought, Lewis garnered large sums through his various bouts. His 2002 fight against Mike Tyson generated a large 1.95 million pay-per-view buys, which resulted in roughly $50 million for his, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In total, his fortune hovers around $140 million.
4. Oscar De La Hoya - $200 Million
Oscar "The Golden Boy" De La Hoya is one of the few non-heavyweights to become a prominent figure in pop culture. Having his roots in boxing through his family, he always had the talent in him. In 1995, he won the International Boxing Federation junior lightweight championship over John Molina.
From a Spanish boxing show on HBO titled Boxeo de Oro to a clothing line, Oscar continues to prove that he's a powerhouse way beyond the ring. He also founded Golden Boy Promotions leading to an estimated $200 million net worth to his name, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
3. Manny Pacquiao - $220 Million
Emmanuel "Manny" Dapridran Pacquiao, a Filipino boxer, actor, singer, endorser, and politician certainly has an impressive résumé. Being the only professional boxer to secure world championships across eight divisions, he won lineal championships in five different weight classes. There is no doubt this boxer is a terrifying opponent.
Allegedly, the most lucrative fight of Manny's career took place in May 2015 against longtime rival Floyd Mayweather. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Manny ended up earning $130 million from the fight. Along with his several other endeavors, his estimated $220 million balance sheet may seem even modest.
2. George Foreman - $300 Million
George Foreman's first defeat was to Muhammad Ali in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle." Earning the bulk of his fame from the legendary match, the athlete quit boxing for an extravagant lifestyle. Unfortunately, Foreman was on the verge of bankruptcy, prompting him to return to the spotlight.
Yet 1994 was arguably the year that changed his fortune – literally. Foreman was approached by Salton Inc. when they were looking for a spokesperson for its fat-reducing grill. Agreeing to the deal, Salton paid him $138 million for the rights to use his name, helping his net worth surge to a staggering $300 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
1. Floyd Mayweather - $450 Million
Being born to a boxing-oriented family, Floyd Mayweather began his career at an early age. Having won an unprecedented six boxing championships in five different weight classes, his professional boxing record is truly robust. As of 2021, he sits at 50 wins and zero losses, and the boxing world's attention is constantly on him.
So much so, that Floyd received very respectable loads of money for lending his name to a fight card. In fact, as of 2019, he's the 5th highest-paid athlete of all-time, according to Forbes. Allegedly having topped $1 billion from his fights, Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth to be a whopping $450 million.