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The Six Richest Fights In Boxing History Is Dominated By Floyd Mayweather

The Six Richest Fights In Boxing History Is Dominated By Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather nickname 'Money' couldn't be more apt, with the former five weight world champion being involved in the sports four richest fights of all time.

The American retired with an incredible 50-0 record, with his last fight coming against Conor McGregor in 2017, but there's often been talk about him coming back for another fight.

If he does come out of retirement, it won't matter who he faces, it's guaranteed the 43-year-old will certainly get another huge pay day and the list of the highest grossing fights ever shows he's already had a few.

1. Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, May 2015 - £678 million - The two modern greats met about five years too late for most people but still made a huge amount of money thanks to 42 million pay-per-view buys, equalling £333 million. £58.7 million was made on the gate, Mayweather earned £223.5 million and his opponent made £122 million.

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Mayweather vs Pacquiao was one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in modern history. Image: PA Images
Mayweather vs Pacquiao was one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in modern history. Image: PA Images

2. Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, August 2017 - £662.5 million - Add the biggest names in boxing and UFC together and you get a super fight that makes a huge amount of money. McGregor made £70 million, which is far more than he could expect from most UFC fights.

3. Mayweather vs Saul Canelo Alvarez, September 2013 - £214 million - At the time the old master vs the new master brought in record PPV buys. Canelo wasn't able to overcome potentially the best defensive boxer ever and it remains his only loss.

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4. Mayweather vs Oscar de la Hoya, May 2007 - £187 million - When 'Pretty Boy' became 'Money.' De La Hoya made £42 million from the fight, Mayweather only made £20 million but after this one he was THE name in boxing and never made less than his opponent again.

5. Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson II - June 1997 - £145.7 million - It took 10 years for any fight to beat the incredible money made by the rematch between Holyfield vs Tyson and it might take Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua to come close to breaking it. Infamous for Tyson biting his opponent's ear.

Tyson, Holyfield and Lewis were recently reunited at Wilder vs Fury II. Image: PA Images
Tyson, Holyfield and Lewis were recently reunited at Wilder vs Fury II. Image: PA Images

6. Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, June 2002 - £132.6 million - Despite what Lewis says the pair didn't meet at Tyson's prime but still managed to be one of the highest grossing fights of all time, such was both men's pull. A shame they didn't meet in the 90s.

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Which fight do you expect to break into the top six? Let us know your thoughts.

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Mike Tyson, oscar de la hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Boxing News, Boxing, Money, Lennox Lewis, Saul Alvarez, Canelo Alvarez, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.