How Much Do Boxers Earn?
There is a huge difference between boxers who are just starting out and those who are or have been world champions. Boxers are not employees of a boxing organization and they do not have a regular salary. Boxers get paid per fight. Professional boxers have managers who negotiate and arrange everything from opponents to terms. The new boxers only make $200 per fight. They have to have another job to have enough to live on, especially since an injury that knocks them out of training and fighting greatly affects their earnings. Earnings depend on the event, but most boxers make $40,060 a year, which is less than the average salary for professional athletes. On the other hand, there are boxers who earn millions per fight. Floyd Mayweather got $150 million for the fight against Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao got $100 million for the same fight. Other professional fighters make at least $60,000 per event. The money comes from TV coverage and pay-per-view packages. The trainers usually get 10% of the revenue and a certain percentage goes to the manager. The boxer pays for his own training, travel, insurance, etc. The average salary of world champion boxers is between $2 million and $5 million. Others earn between $22,000 and $51,370 annually.
The big fights change the earnings in boxing and also in other sports. For example, Anthony Joshua made a serious $20 million by beating Vladimir Klitschko. Then he made $25 million by defeating Povjetkin, although he also defeated Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale, and just the fight before Klitschko, Eric Molina, Joshua was far from such serious earnings. Take the example of Andy Ruiz. This man made $7 million beating Joshua in New York, then for the rematch he got $10 million. The fight before Joshua was demolished he earned $200,000, at the time he had a professional record of 32-1!
UFC vs Boxing Money: Who Earns More?
The biggest boxing fighters still earn more than UFC fighters (at least from their fighting sport), but on average UFC fighters probably earn more because small professional and amateur boxers earn very little and usually have to pay for everything themselves.
The UFC and MMA as a whole are becoming more popular, and soon even the best of their fighters will be making more money than the highest paid fighters in boxing.
It’s crazy to think that Logan Paul (0-1) just made $20M on a boxing exhibition.
WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG? 🤔
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 7, 2021