Boxing fights are among the most watched sports events on the planet, with stellar main cards that hog the spotlight at the biggest stages in Las Vegas, New York, and many more places. Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao are just some of the biggest names in the sport.
Pay-per-view bouts, sponsors, and mind-blogging prizes are some of the reasons that explain how many of these famous boxers amass their fortunes and go on to have wealthy lifestyles.
However, it would be naive to think this is the case for the average boxer and that there aren't millions of amateur fighters struggling to make it to the end of the month.
How much do pro boxers get paid per fight?
Boxing doesn't work like a conventional job where you get paid monthly or weekly with a stable salary, and it is even hard to tell what's the average earning of a boxer. Money varies considerably depending on several factors.
The average professional boxer could make between $22000 and $37000 a year, according to Combat Sports Events. But those earnings would be reduced as they don't include travel, health, training, and management expenses, which have to be afforded by the boxer himself with those incomes.
Besides, there are no law regulations as for the minimum wage of a boxer, making this situation even more complicated and prizes per fight could be significantly lower. Shocking as it may sound, beginner boxers could earn less than $1000 per fight.
When we talk about famous superstars, we talk about a whole different situation. It's no secret that Mayweather has one of the biggest fortunes in the sports world, therefore his nickname Money. He just doesn't even need to step into the ring for a professional fight as he can bag millions by having fun for a few minutes with a YouTuber.
In high-profile events, both opponents are guaranteed a huge prize but that will vary according to the winner and loser. Only a handful of boxers find themselves in this situation where they earn enough to live through it for the rest of their lives, while many others struggle to make a living from this sport.