Mayweather is ranked the sixth richest sportsman over the past 30 years having earned $840 million while in the top ten of the rich list, along with other notable fight stars including Mike Tyson, Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao in the top 20.
Floyd Mayweather is the only boxing star in the top ten of the Ultimate Sports Rich list placed at No. 6 behind Tiger Woods and Lionel Messi.
Mayweather made a whopping $840 million fortune from boxing after retiring as an undefeated fighter with a 50-0 record.
Golf star Tiger Woods has earned the most in the past thirty years, topping the list with a whopping £1.3bn from his golfing exploits, followed closely by basketball star Lebron James and Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi in the top three.
Longtime tennis star Roger Federer and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo both rank fourth and fifth, above Mayweather over the past 30 years with earnings of $871 million and $865 million. 1 million dollars respectively.
NBA legend Michael Jordan and retired F1 driver Michael Schumacher both placed seventh and eighth, generating mega-winnings of $738.8 million and $639 million.
Another basketball player appeared in the top ten with Kobe Bryant earning over $526.1 million in ninth position and golf star Phil Mickelson earning $519.9 million in tenth position.
Here are the fighting stars who have gained a lot by ranking in the Forbes top 10 over the past 30 years…
6. Floyd Mayweather – $840 million
Mayweather has generated enormous wealth through boxing and has certainly lived up to his nickname “Money”.
The American star has fought in mega-money matchups throughout his career, including Manny Pacquiao who became the best-selling pay-per-view of all time, with over 4.6 million buys and approximately $500 million in revenue generated.
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He also shared the ring with Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya who both made the top ten on the sports roster in previous years.
An illustrious fight with Conor McGregor in 2017 also earned him a huge fortune, earning an estimated $100 million from the feat which has been called the biggest event in combat sports history.
He has since fought in an exhibition with YouTube star Logan Paul who has also done very well in the pay-per-view market and he is expected to hold another in February this year with an opponent to be confirmed.
Mayweather will continue to earn well from the sport, especially if he continues to compete with his coach suggesting he could continue to fight two or three times a year.
15. Mike Tyson – $306.1 million
Tyson had an illustrious career at heavyweight and regularly topped the fighters rich list in the 90s when he fought Donnovan Ruddock, Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield.
He fought in boxing as a professional for over twenty years and could have amassed even more winnings in the modern era.
The American star is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and reigned as the undisputed champion from 1987 to 1990 in the early years of his career.
He recently fought in an exhibition with Roy Jones Jr which also generated an estimated $7.5 million purse for the former heavyweight.
If he continues to box in exhibitions he could earn more wealth in the modern era, but he recently ruled out a clash with YouTube star Jake Paul
16. Manny Pacquiao – $304 million
Pacquiao recently hung up his gloves but is one of the highest-earning boxers of the past 30 years, earning over $300 million in his illustrious career.
He retired last year after being beaten by Yordenis Ugas, ending a sensational professional record in boxing.
He fought Floyd Mayweather in the most-watched pay-per-view of the modern era with his biggest paycheck of around $100 million.
Pacquiao also shared the ring with the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton in two of his notable names.
Despite hanging up his gloves, Pacquiao was previously scheduled to face McGregor in a crossover fight, but the offer never materialized and he is now likely to focus on his political campaign.
17. Conor McGregor – $279 million
McGregor has been one of the highest earning fighters of the modern era and is starting to become a regular on the rich list in recent years.
Last year he fought Dustin Poirier twice and was defeated twice, but earned around $40 million for his troubles.
He topped Forbes’ rich list last year with revenue of around $180 million, but the majority of the income came from the sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper Twelve.
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Much of McGregor’s income also came from a huge tilt with Mayweather in 2017 that reportedly earned him around $130 million after the event sold 4 million pay-per-views.
Several big fights could remain for McGregor in the UFC, including a potential trilogy with Nate Diaz or any other boxing ring exploit against a number of line-up opponents, including YouTube star Paul.
18. Oscar De La Hoya – $234 million
De La Hoya earned stellar paychecks throughout his boxing career, which included a bumper $50 million purse against Mayweather.
The American won the highest purse ever for a boxer by the time the fight ended in 2007.
He also shared the ring with Shane Mosley and Arturo Gatti during his career where he became a six-weight world champion with eleven different belts.
De La Hoya shared the ring with Manny Pacquiao on his final tilt which also raised a major purse for him, but he was stopped in dominant fashion to stumble his career.
He was due to make a career comeback last year against Vitor Belfort as part of a Triller card, but was later hospitalized with coronavirus.
‘Golden Boy’ now has his own promotional label and hopes to return to the ring in a second attempt against Mayweather.
20. Evander Holyfield – $213.9 million
Holyfield reigned as heavyweight champion in the 1980s, but rose to heavyweight in the 1990s, earning big money fighting Riddick Bowe and Michael Moorer.
He became the only fighter to win undisputed titles in two weight classes in the three-belt era and also ended his career as a four-time heavyweight champion.
Holyfield’s biggest purse came in 1997 when he fought Tyson in an illustrious rematch that saw his opponent disqualified for biting off part of Holyfield’s ear.
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The American star also fought Lennox Lewis in 1999 for the undisputed crown which ended in a controversial draw before being defeated in the rematch a year later.
At the age of 58, Holyfield returned to the ring in a farcical display that drew a lot of negative attention after being stopped in the first round of a clash with Vitor Belfort.
It seems unlikely that Holyfield will make another in-ring appearance after his recent mishap, but he’s certainly nabbed another seven-figure purse for his recent feat.
30. Muhammad Ali – $101.5
The “greatest” didn’t fight for the claimed 30 years but still managed to make the Forbes list in the modern era as his earnings continued due to his notoriety.
He was considered arguably the greatest fighter of all time in the sport’s biggest matchups against Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
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31. Lennox Lewis – $95 million
Lewis is arguably considered one of Britain’s greatest fighters of all time and earned his biggest purse of $15million for a clash against Tyson.
He remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed champion and has nearly crossed the $100 million mark for his career in the sport.
33. Canelo Alvarez – $94 million
The Mexican is now ranked as the best pound-for-pound fighter and recently became undisputed champion.
Previously, Alvarez’s clashes with Golovkin and his mega-deal with DAZN had already earned him as much as $94 million in sports.
With his recent matchup against Caleb Plant yet to be counted, Alvarez should have more lucrative fights as his outstanding purses keep rolling in.