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2. George Foreman Net Worth – $300 Million
This retired professional boxer, author, entrepreneur, actor, and minister of religion is a wealthy man. Though he retired in the year 1997, he is one of the richest boxers in the world with 76 wins 5 losses and 68 knockouts. Foreman has twice won world heavyweight championship and once an Olympic gold medal.
He is the only boxer on this list to have amassed more wealth from his activities out of the ring than his in-ring bouts. This does not mean Foreman did not have a legendary boxing career. He has been listed in the record books for being the oldest ever heavyweight champion in the history of the sport. He has also been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame for his fantastic career achievements.
Many boxing fans still remember George Foreman as a young 24-year-old Texan who delivered a TKO to the undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. After retirement, Foreman became the spokesperson of Russell Hobbs Inc., a manufacturer of home appliances. Earning $138 Million in 1999, for the company’s right to use his name, “George Foreman Grill”, Foreman is reported to have earned $200 Million endorsing the company.
He was a successful entrepreneur, Christian minister and a best-selling author apart from being a great boxer. He had pitched brands such as KFC, Doritos, and Meineke and has also launched a line of personal care products, environmentally safe cleaning products, a prescription shoe for diabetics, a health shake and a restaurant franchise. This businessman-cum-boxer undoubtedly deserves a place on our list of the richest boxers of all time.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Net Worth – $400 Million
The current richest and highest paid boxer! He earns around $80 Million to $150 Million per fight. In 2013-14 alone Floyd earned $105 Million making him the highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes. This world-famous American boxing champion has won an unprecedented 15 world titles in five different weight classes: Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Junior Welterweight, Welterweight (2x) and Super Welterweight.
He has shown an unprecedented mix of power, speed, and natural instincts each time he enters the ring. He holds an amazing record of 50 wins and 0 loss in his professional boxing career. His recent win against mixed martial artist Conor McGregor of the UFC was highly spectacular. He topped the lists of Highest Paid Athletes of Sports Illustrated and Forbes in 2012 and 2013.
If somebody could serve as the perfect example of potential wealth that professional boxers can generate, it is definitely Floyd Mayweather! Floyd has been an unmatched professional boxer throughout his career and that justifies his earnings and wealth. The much-anticipated match with Manny Pacquiao alone let Floyd take home a total of $220 Million. Such big money fights continued all through his career and generated more than $1 billion in pay-per-view revenue. The greatest boxer ever got figures that justify his nickname ‘Money Mayweather’.
These men may not be gladiators but it is a fact that they play risking their lives every time when they enter the ring. These athletes do this not just for themselves but ultimately for the spectators and millions of viewers watching the fight from home. It takes a great deal of discipline and focus to perform at the highest level, and those who put in the effort must be rewarded.
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