From Floyd Mayweather to Manny Pacquiao, 6 Biggest Paysheets in Boxing History

From Floyd Mayweather to Manny Pacquiao, 6 Biggest Paysheets in Boxing History

Edwin Kiplagat
April 3, 2024 at 2:21 PM
  • Boxing is one of the richest and most entertaining sports in the world
  • Floyd Mayweather and others have become wealthy through the sport
  • Some boxers have earned $100 million in a fight in the last two decades

Boxing is one of the biggest and most exciting sports in the world.

This means it attracts millions of fans across the world, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Boxers like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao then earn a big chunk of the revenue, making them some of the biggest earners in sports.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015. Photo by Al Bello.
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In the last two decades, boxers have taken home some staggering amounts. Mayweather has gotten some of the biggest cheques in the last 10 years.

Mike Tyson's bout against Jake Paul later this year is set to earn both millions of dollars. Therefore, Sports Brief looks at the biggest paycheques in boxing history, per Bleacher Report.

Biggest paychecks in boxing history

6. Oscar De La Hoya (2007)

De La Hoya went into this fight as a star in the boxing world against the underdog, Mayweather. The bout took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in May 2007. Many see this fight as the one that made Mayweather a star. The veteran De La Hoya was 38-4 before the match and looked rusty in the ring.

Mayweather won by a split decision after 12 rounds. De La Hoya pocketed $52 million from the match, which reportedly brought $130mil of revenue.

5. Floyd Mayweather (2013)

Mayweather faced Canelo Alvarez in September 2013 and secured another massive win. The legendary boxer earned around $80mil-plus from the fight. Alvarez reportedly took home just $10mil. This was Mayweather's 45th straight win in boxing.

It was billed as the match of the century in some quarters, but Alvarez did not live up to the expectations

4. Conor McGregor (2017)

During this period, McGregor was arguably the biggest MMA star. Some expected Mayweather to dominate the Irishman, but he surprised many with his performance after lasting 10 rounds. Mayweather won with a TKO. The fight reportedly had a $4.3mil pay-per-view buys and generated around $600mil.

The UFC star reportedly took home $100mil, which is not bad for an inexperienced boxer.

3. Manny Pacquiao (2015)

Pacquiao's bout with Mayweather in 2015 was billed as the "fight of the century". It lived up to that, at least on the financial front. It broke several records. According to many experts, the fight didn't live up to the hype inside the ring.

Nevertheless, both boxing superstars earned nine-figure amounts from the fight. The Filipino star took 40% of the revenue, earning over $150mil. The American won unanimously, a victory that cemented his status as the best of his era, per ESPN.

2. Floyd Mayweather (2015)

After defeating Pacquiao, Mayweather reportedly took $250mil, a 60% cut of the revenue. The fight saw 4.6 million domestic pay-per-view buys, the largest in boxing history.

Mayweather landed 148 (34%) punches of the 435 he threw in the fight. His opponent landed 19% of his punches (81 of 429), per ESPN.

1. Floyd Mayweather (2017)

In 2017, during his fight with McGregor, Mayweather reportedly pocketed $ 275 million. Incidentally, this was his last professional fight. He retired with a 50-0 record with 27 knockouts.

The retired star landed 170 of his 320 punches (53%). The MMA star fared better than many expected, landing 19% of his punches (111 of 430), per ESPN.

Mayweather buys $1 million chain

Sports Brief earlier reported how Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather splashed $1 million on a luxury white gold chain.

The undefeated boxing legend ordered the piece from Johnny Dang, a celebrity jeweller who specialises in chains.

The jewellery features 8,500 diamonds and the letters TMT, which stands for The Money Team, and was delivered by Dang.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.