A look at the boxers who have built the most fortune from their prize fights.
The world of boxing can be a harsh place. In many other fighting disciplines that are performed for money, fighters are fortunate if they can survive to adulthood without the burden of some crippling injury stemming from combat. Boxing, although bit more disciplined, is no less as dangerous. Many fighters end up with permanent hand injury or brain damage imposed through years head blows during their careers.
Professional boxers have had careers directed by the unruly managers who’ve led them astray for their own greed. Unscrupulous promoters have taking advantage of fighters to reap huge fortunes. In this world, boxers have become greedy out of necessity and survival. Well known to US gambling news, the trappings of boxing are far too often impossible to avoid. Let’s look at some of the richest fighter the sport has produced.
Three Fighters You May Not Know Plus Felix Trinadad
Even though he once held the IBF and WBA Featherweight titles, Juan Manuel Marquez was never a fighter that people took seriously. That was until he fought four bouts with Manny Pacquiao. The last bout managed to be the charm for Marquez as he finally was able to defeat Pacquiao by a incredible knockout. No matter how many times he fought Pacquiao, Marquez should thank him for making him have a net worth of $20 million.
Carl “The Cobra” Froch may have never conceived himself with a net worth of $20 million if not for the fact that he’s “one tough mutha.” At the super middleweight division, this fighter from Nottingham, England hasn’t back away from a fight. The four-time super middleweight champion and two-time WBC champ has a record of 33 wins and 2 losses.
• WBA Featherweight titlelist, Juan Manuel Marquez fought Pacquiao 4 times.
• Felix Trinadad was and is considered the one of the best out of Puerto Rico.
• Anthony Mundine was one of the greatest crossover athletes ever.
Joe Calzaghe isn’t just an ordinary boxer with a record of 46 wins and 0 losses. This boxer out of Wales could be the best British fighter ever next to Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. Calzaghe made his money the hard way. That was, by fighting the best to become the best. By beating big time fighters like Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., this Hall of Fame boxer earned his $21 million fortune well within the confines of US gambling laws.
Felix Trinidad, out of Puerto Rico, could very well have been the first famous boxer to come out of his territory. Trinadad became the man after upsetting Oscar De La Hoya in 1999. Defeating others such as Fernando Varga and William Joppy helped bring Trinadad to the forefronts of boxing. At 42 wins and 3 losses, Trinadad was worth $30 million. Unfortunately he lost $10 million for investing in unstable Puerto Rico bonds.
The Wrath of Khan, the Crossover Athlete and a Klitschko
As Amir Khan a great fighter or a person who fought great? Or was he just clever enough to get in the ring with a string of will known contenders who shouldn’t have retired long ago? Whatever it was had catapulted Khan to a net worth of $30 million. He was though the youngest ever British champion who won the WBA light welterweight title at 22 years old. Maybe he can get that fight he wants with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Australian boxer Anthony Mundine inconspicuously made his way to a $30 million fortune. The retired rugby player was the highest player in the National Rugby League before he became a professional at 25 years old. The current WBC Silver Super Welterweight Champion had beaten champions Danny Green, Daniel Geale, Sugar Shane Mosley and Rick Thornberry.
Vladamir Klitschko is the 5-year younger brother of Vitali Kitschko. Vladimir was and still is boxing technician when it comes to his ringside mannerism. Undefeated in 10 years, Klitschko is the second longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of all time. The Ukranian boxer, with a record of 63 wins and 3 losses, is the unified champion and built a fortune of $30 million. Vladamir was always a safe bet for those involved in online sportsbooks in the U.S.