In the world of professional boxing there’s huge money being thrown around. The best of the best can rake in serious dollars from winning high profile matches, and they can cash in on lucrative endorsement deals, too. Moreover, boxing is one of the most popular sports for betting on. Boxing brings in large sums of revenue for boxers, promoters, casinos and cable networks through gambling, pay per view and sponsorship deals.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has generated an astounding $756 million in pay-per-view revenue. Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao have generated $696 million and $661 million in pay per view revenue respectively. The September 2013 pay per view between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had 2.2 million buys which resulted in $15 million in revenue – the largest pay-per-view revenue for a single game of all time. The fight also generated a whopping $20 million in ticket sales. The title of biggest endorsement deal in boxing history goes to George Foreman. Salton was paying Foreman royalties for use of his name on its electric grill: Eventually, the company that makes the George Foreman Grill paid Foreman $137.5 million for use of his name in perpetuity.