Do you ever feel like you want to find a boxing punching bag and just start hitting away at it? We do too. But if purchasing a pair of men’s boxing shoes is an expensive task for most people, here’s a list of 15 practitioners of this sport who would have no problem doing this.
15. Anthony Mundine – $30 million
Anthony Mundine is a well-known figure in the world of sports, as he was actively involved in both boxing and rugby.
Mundine managed to become one of the highest paid players in Australia’s National Rugby League before he even made it into professional boxing. In his career, he held various titles such as IBO middleweight and WBA super middleweight, while also being the interim super welterweight champion.
14. Felix Trinidad – $30 million
The Puerto Rico native managed to cement his legacy as one of the greatest boxers of all-time in his weight class, as he managed to fight for 11 years before incurring his first loss.
After winning various titles such as WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight, Trinidad defended the welterweight title for a record 15 times before relinquishing it. He lost his first fight in 2001 against Bernard Hopkins.
13. Naseem Hamed – $33 million
Hailing from Britain, the former professional boxer who was famously referred to as “Prince” managed to win a total of 36 out of 37 fights for his illustrious career.
Before announcing his retirement at 28 years of age, he managed to win various titles such as WBO, IBF, WBC, and European bantamweight. Hamed also entertained the public with his dancing during the matches and his special, over the top rope ring entrance.
12. Ricky Hatton – $40 million
Famously starting his business career before getting his mind to boxing, Hatton competed from 1997 to 2012 managing to have an impressive record of 45 wins out of 47 fights.
Even though he had a passion for football, his boxing style won him a vast collection of titles such as IBF, super WBA, IBO, and the title “Fighter of the Year 2005” by “The Ring” magazine, the Boxing Writers Association of America and ESPN.
11. Bernard Hopkins – $40 million
One of the legends of this sport, Bernard Hopkins made history by managing to defend his world middleweight title for a record of 20 times. Fighting in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, the American boxer had an excellent 66-fight career, out of which he won 55.
Hopkins was in his prime from 1994 up to 2005 during which he was the undisputed heavyweight champion. His counter-punching style allowed him to win 32 fights by knocking out his opponents.
10. Roy Jones Jr. – $45 million
During his career, Roy Jones Jr. was a professional boxer, a boxing trainer, commentator, actor and a rapper who held a dual Russian and American citizenship.
He made a spectacular professional debut by knocking out Ricky Randall in two rounds, followed by picking up his first title in 1992. Winning 62 out of 71 possible fights, Jones Jr. managed to hold various titles such as IBF middleweight, WBA heavyweight and the undisputed light heavyweight championship.
9. Marvin Hagler- $45 million
Boxing legend of the ’70s and ‘80s, “Marvelous Marvin Hagler” is a standout in the International Boxing Hall of Fame due to his wonderful in-ring skills, which he displayed from 1973 to 1987.
Out of 67 possible fights, he managed to win 62 and also finish 2 by draw. Hagler’s 52 knock-outs help him stand out as having the highest knockout percentage of any undisputed middleweight champion in history.
8. Muhammad Ali – $50 million
Starting his boxing career at the tender age of 12, Muhammad Ali is without a doubt the most famous boxer in history. During the 1960 Summer Olympics, at age 18, he managed to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division. He followed this performance by going pro at the age of 19.
Ali was regarded as a polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring, dazzling the crowds with his boxing skills and providing an inspirational model for young people who needed one. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 he devoted his time to philanthropic activities.
7. Vitali Klitschko – $65 million
The famous Ukrainian boxer is an example of developing another career after the one in pro-boxing ended, as he is currently the acting mayor of the country’s capital, Kiev.
His professional career is nothing to laugh about either, as he became the third longest combined world champion in boxing history. A 3-time world heavyweight champion, Klitschko had an exceptional knockout percentage of 87.23%, and only lost two matches due to a deep cut above his eyes and a shoulder injury.
6. Ray Charles Leonard – $120 million
More commonly known as “Sugar” Ray Leonard due to the flavor he brought to the world of boxing, the former American professional boxer competed from 1977 to 1997.
He was also named “Boxer of the Decade” during this timeframe and was the first to earn more than $100 million in his career. Nowadays, Leonard is a motivational speaker and occasionally appears on the big screen as an actor.
5. Lennox Lewis – $140 million
Lennox Lewis is another example of a boxer who managed to make an impact in the world of sports. He became a two-time lineal champion, a three-time world heavyweight champion and retains the world’s undisputed heavyweight championship after vacating it before retiring.
As an amateur boxer, he won a gold medal for Canada at the 1988 Summer Olympics by defeating Riddick Bowe, who would years later famously relinquish his professional boxing title just to avoid defending it against Lewis.
4. Manny Pacquiao – $190 million
The famous Filipino boxer is currently the only one in history to have won titles in seven various weight classes. Pacquiao possesses exceptional fighting skills which helped him be ranked the second pound-for-pound boxer in the world in 2016, after his famous rival Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Besides boxing, he is also interested in politics and is currently a senator of the Philippines and seems set on continuing this career.
3. Oscar De La Hoya – $200 million
De La Hoya made a huge impact in the world of boxing by proudly holding both Mexican and American citizenships. Winning the title of “Best pound-for-pound” fighter in 1997 and 1998 he retired in 2009 after a sixteen-year amazing career. Following his retiring, he became a promoter of the sport.
2. George Foreman – $250 million
The one who was famously known as “Big George” made a terrific impact in 1969 when he entered the boxing world by delivering a TKO to the then-undefeated Joe Frazier. After an excellent 76-win career, Foreman became a Christian minister, spokesperson, and entrepreneur, proving yet-again that athletes can become successful even after retiring.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.- $400 million
Mayweather’s amazing net worth also served to win him his nickname, “Money”. Since going pro, he has won boxing championships in six weight classes and became famous for his defensive style later in his career. As an example, between 2013-2014, Floyd Mayweather was pronounced the highest paid athlete in any sport after managing to earn $105 million from a single fight.