The sport of boxing is popular. With presence all over the world, no fighter can claim to be a true boxer if they do not pack a punch and have the ability to receive blows without being knocked out. Floyd Mayweather once said, to be a boxer you just need a quick fist and strong chin. While this is just a tip of the iceberg, a lot more goes into the sport. It takes hours of training each day, dieting, translating your craft into championships and titles, and most importantly the business end of all of it, to be a fully-fledged successful boxer. While most boxers know how to combine all these, few have passed the test of time and resilient and have earned a spot in our top 10 list of highest paid boxers in the world.
List of Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Boxers in The World 2017
10. Floyd Mayweather Jr – $105 million
This guy has never felt what it is like to be defeated. With 49 successful career fights, Floyd dived into the scene with two things in mind. Remain flashy and win. His salary now stands at of over 100 million dollars annually. His deal with broadcast company HBO worth over $300 million made him the highest paid athlete in 2014/2015 and he continues to earn even more with his clothing outfit ‘’The Mooney Team’’ and boxing agency ‘’Mayweather Promotions’’. He owns Bugatti’s, jets, yachts, jewellery, houses, a host of other luxury cars and items, and is also a known gambler.
9. Manny Pacquiao – $41.8 Million
Philippine sensation Manny Pacquiao, also known as ‘’Pacman’’ is arguably the most popular boxer in the world. His humility and determination has earned him a reputation the world over. He became more famous thanks to the Fmost lucrative sports entertainment deal in recent times, for his fight against Floyd Mayweather last year. Although he lost, he was the favorite to win the match. Floyd put up a defensive masterclass meant to frustrate Manny and ended up defeating the Pacman. He has shown interest in politics back home in Philippines.
8. Wladimir Klitschko – $28 Million
Ukrainian boxer Wladimir came into the limelight in 2014 winning back to back titles and making a lot of cash that year in the process. He is known not to shy away from fights, mostly due to the fact that him and his brother have dominated the heavyweight category for the last 10 years. The brothers made a promise to their mother that they would never fight each other. Wladimir holds a PhD just like his brother and they both speak multiple languages including German, English and Russian. Back home, he has an Asteroid named after him.
7. Canelo Alvarez – $21 Million
26 year Old Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez was born the youngest of 8 children. He went on to earn his millions playing boxing. His six brothers are also professional boxers. He started boxing at age 13, and went on to become the youngest boxer ever to win world super-welterweight championship being only 20 years of age. He lost his winning streak to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He is a remarkable boxer, having lost his first bout to the greatest boxer at that time. Perhaps the $`14 million from the fight would ease the pain.
6. Carl Froch – $19.5 Million
Carl Froch was born in England on July 2nd 1977. The towering 6 foot boxing figure and IBF middleweight champion has earned a reputation being respectful of opponents and wearing a thick skin then it comes to winning titles. Academically, he holds an NVQ in Business and Finance from Clarendon College, and a course in sports science and education. Talk about preparing for life after the ring. Businesswise he holds a couple of investment portfolios accumulated during his career. He loves riding motorbikes, playing five-a-side soccer and skiing. He is one amongst the Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Boxers in The World 2017.
5. Amir Khan – $15 Million
British professional boxer Amir Khan was born in Bolton, England in 1986. Although a Pakistani descent, Khan discovered his love for boing at age 8. He grew up idolizing Muhammad Ali. His amateur years were successful, winning 101 out of 110 fights. He represented Britain at the 2004 Athens Olympics, making it all the way to the lightweight division final. He holds a Sports Development diploma. He is a known philanthropist with strong affiliation to various charitable organizations. He is a practicing Muslim, follows the halal diet and Ramadan holiday. He is a football fan and even followed the England national side to the 2012 World Cup.
4. Miguel Cotto – $8 million
Miguel Cotto is an American professional boxer. The Rhode Island native was born of Puerto Rican parents. Miguel started boxing at age 11 when he had enough of his weight problems. He is somewhat of a cyborg. He has a 6-inch titanium rod in his right hand. He got an accident when he fell asleep on the wheel while making his way to the gym, breaking his right arm in four different places. He became the first Puerto Rican to win world championships in four different weigh divisions. Until 2017, his success story stands at 19 victories in 23 outings.
3. Adrien Broner – $7.5 million
27 year old American boxer Adrien Broner is an Ohio born athlete. He is one controversial boxer having been recently in the news for all the wrong reasons. Although not confirmed, he recently attempted suicide. In March this year, he was charged with assault and robbery. He is also a Donald Trump supporter and recently in an interview confirmed he would vote the Republican in. His record stands at 27-1-0. He is nicknamed ‘’The Problem’’.
2. Marcos Maidana – $5 Million
Marcos ‘El-Chino’ Maidana is an Argentinian professional boxer from Santa Fe Argentina. In his quest to ‘’toughen up’’ he took up boxing at age 14. He won bronze at the 2010 Youth Olympics. He is a KO craftsman having KO’d Adan Mironchik in the first round. He has won 24 out of 25 fights on KO, 21 of them having not reached the third round. He won Argentina’s Sports Personality of the Year award in 2013 having defeated Adrien Broner in a fight that was later called ‘’Upset of the year’’.
1. Tyson Fury – $5 Million
Controversial heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury was born of Irish parents. He was born in 1988 and his father an ex-convict was sent to jail for violent conduct amidst his bare-knuckle fighting career. Fury He married his wife of 6 years, Paris back in 2009. He is not far away from controversy. He once flipped over a table in a news conference for no apparent reason. He has had a few drug test scares and has admitted to suffering from depression.
So, these above are the Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Boxers in The World 2017. The sport that is boxing has hosted s many amazing boxing individuals over the years. While good money is involved, most boxers do not live to fight past their thirties. The ones that do ruin their reputation and health. They have to make their money while young and live off the investments dusting their sunset years.