Mayweather win confirmed as richest fight ever

28 Apr 2008

By: Sport Industry Group

Floyd Mayweather’s victory over rival boxer Oscar de la Hoya at the weekend lived up to its hype grossing £60m, making it the richest fight in boxing history.

The super welterweight bout, staged in Las Vegas, beat the previous biggest bounty of £56m from the 2002 fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.

Despite losing, it is believed that De La Hoya earned £22.5m from the fight while his conqueror Mayweather pocketed an estimated £20m.

The fight also attracted a record number of pay-per-view purchases with 2.15m people buying into the TV coverage.