In January, we saw a record £31m offer from Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions to represent Tyson Fury against Dillian Whyte.
Rage he was guaranteed 80% of the purse along with an additional £3.1 million for beating Whyte.
With elite boxers making more money than ever, Planet Sport takes a look at the 10 richest people in boxing.
10) Wladimir Klitschko
Net worth: £58 million
Ruling the heavyweight division for 15 years has propelled Klitschko into the top ten.
After the Ukrainian’s loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004, Klitschko he remained undefeated for 11 years until his loss to Tyson Fury.
It was the fight against Fury, as well as the final fight of his career against Anthony Joshua, that saw the former WBA, IBF and WBO champion earn the highest paydays of his career.
Since his retirement, Klitschko along with his brother, Vitali, have valiantly fought in the war for Ukraine.
9) Antonio Joshua
Net worth: £60 million
After bursting onto the scene by winning gold at the London Olympics, Anthony Joshua has become Britain’s biggest pay-per-view star.
‘AJ’s highest career payday came in 2019 during his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr, where the Brit reportedly pocketed £66m.
With big fights yet to be made in the heavyweight division, like the scheduled rematch with Usyk, as well as possible future fights against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, we could see Joshua nearing the top of the list soon.
8) Sugar Ray Leonard
Net worth: £88 million
Known as one of the Four Kings, Leonard won world titles in five divisions, from welterweight to super middleweight, along with a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics to add to his accomplishments.
The American scored plenty of big paydays against Marvin Hagler, Donny Lalonde and Thomas Hearns.
But the biggest purse of Leonard’s career came in his trilogy fight with Roberto Duran in which he earned $15 million.
7) Tyson Fury
Net worth: £100 million
‘The Gypsy King’ won a career-high payday against Dillian Whyte this April, taking home a £29.5m purse.
Other big prizes come from fights against Wladimir Klitschko along with his trilogy series with Deontay Wilder.
Despite the retirement claims made by Fury, a return to the ring to fight for the undisputed heavyweight titles or a crossover fight against Francis Ngannou could help boost that net worth even further.
6) Lennox Lewis
Net worth: £103 million
Luis he sits as the highest Brit on the list, aided by his big money fights against Evander Holyfield, Shannon Briggs and Frank Bruno.
It is the Mike Tyson fight that brought him the most money with an estimated $112 million awarded to Lewis after the pay-per-view was bought almost two million times, making him the fifth most bought of all time. .
Unlike many other heavyweights of that era, the last undisputed heavyweight champion has not been forced back into the ring.
5) Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Net worth: £105 million
The last boxer on the list who is still active within the professional code. Cinnamon he has become the most marketable boxer on the planet.
With his fight against Floyd Mayweather being the most lucrative with 2.2 million pay-per-view buys, the fights against Chavez and Golovkin have also boosted the Mexican star’s pound-for-pound net worth.
Since his loss to Dmitry Bivol, the potential rematch has become one of the most anticipated fights in boxing and could turn out to be one of his highest-grossing fights since the fight with Mayweather in 2013.
4) Oscar De La Hoya
Net worth: £148 million
Despite fighting in some of the biggest fights of his career, such as Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins, it was one of his last fights against Mayweather in which ‘The Golden Boy’ earned his biggest payout of $52 million.
De La Hoya, a former six-division world champion, has continued to earn his boxing fortune by establishing his promotional company Golden Boy Promotions.
He previously promoted Canelo Alvarez and now works with Virgil Ortiz Jr, Jaime Munguia, Gilberto Ramirez and Ryan Garcia.
3) Manny Pacquiao
Net worth: $163 million
Like some stars on this list, Pacquiao made his biggest payday while fighting Mayweather, as the fight brought in a staggering $600 million, as well as becoming the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.
The Filipino became the only man to become an eight-weight world champion, winning titles from flyweight to light middleweight.
Since then, Pacquiao has used his millions to carve out a career in politics in his homeland, the Philippines.
2) George Foreman
Net worth: £222 million
The 81-fight veteran sits second on the list, earning $200 million on his George Foreman grill alone.
Away from culinary items, Foreman has established himself as one of the biggest heavyweights in the ring, fighting the likes of Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali.
Sitting as the richest heavyweight on the list, Foreman can continue grilling his steaks with a smile on his face.
Net worth: £400 million
Who else was it going to be?
Nicknamed ‘Money’ for a reason, Mayweather gave many of his opponents their best paydays, as well as being involved in the four biggest paid pay-per-views of all time.
However, it was Pacquaio who gave Floyd his biggest payday when he earned $250 million to fight the Filipino in 2015.
Since retiring, Mayweather has continued to make money through exhibition fights, most recently fighting YouTuber Logan Paul.