But would it still take top spot with inflation taken into account for older fights? Or will it be usurped as the biggest purse in boxing history?
The Mirror have compiled a list of the top 10 fight purses, taking the price of inflation into account to get a more accurate perception of some bouts pre-millennium.
10. Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko – 2017 – Inflation Value: £35,511,000
Kicking off the list we have Anthony Joshua, one of the biggest names in British boxing, with arguably his biggest win to date.
In front of a packed home crowd at Wembley, Joshua picked up the win after both fighters were downed by the other in a top quality contest.
9. Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin – 2018 – Inflation Value: £37,094,400
While arguably not as big of a win as that over Klitschko, Joshua’s fight a year after actually brought in a bigger pay check, with the added TV deals from his success bumping up the revenue.
Once again at Wembley, the home favourite put on a show for his crowd, dominating the fight and stopping the Russian in round seven, handing him his second career defeat and first stoppage.
8. Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez – 2013 – Inflation Value: £56,322,000
Coming in at number eight, we have Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather entering the fray. With a name like that, it’s no surprise he’ll dominate a list like this!
Arguably the greatest boxer of all time, Mayweather took on a raw Canelo Alvarez in 2013, winning the fight by a majority decision after 12 rounds.
7. Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson – 2020 – Inflation Value: £66,858,000
A YouTuber vs basketball star makes it onto the list, interestingly, it wasn’t the main event on the night.
6. Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather – 2021 – Inflation Value: £76,958,000
Another Paul makes the list in one of the strangest bouts in history. Logan Paul taking on the man many deem as the greatest boxer of all time?!
The exhibition fight was bought on pay-per-view by over a million fans, with Paul managing to hang on for all eight rounds against Money.
5. Larry Holmes vs Gerry Cooney – 1982 – Inflation Value: £152,510,000
This Las Vegas blockbuster saw 29,000 fans enter Caesar’s Palace to see this heavyweight title clash, with inflation showing us the true purse of the fight.
We know this fight would’ve made over £150 million if it happened today, with Larry Holmes defeating Gerry Cooney in a classic.
4. Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 2 – 1997 – Inflation Value: £153,671,500
Mike Tyson’s second fight with Evander Holyfield will always be known for that crazy disqualification for Iron Mike, who bit a chunk of his opponent’s ear off!
However, after losing the first bout, Tyson’s second chance saw him make mega bucks after a huge purse is estimated with inflation.
3. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor – 2017 – Inflation Value: £154,219,000
That’s exactly what it did, over 4.3 million people paid for the fight branded ‘The Money Fight’ which saw an unsurprising result as Mayweather took the W as expected.
2. Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard 2 – 1980 – Inflation Value: £336,438,000
Another old school classic takes home the silver medal in this list. The second meeting between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard was their biggest financially.
It was revenge for Leonard, who avenged defeat in the first clash, by famously forcing Duran to quit while sat in his corner, saying ‘no mas’ to the referee.
1. Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao – 2015 – Inflation Value: £366,060,000
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s history-making Las Vegas fight saw them both make hundreds of millions from the bout.
It’s ‘Money’ who fittingly took the plaudits from the fight, winning via unanimous decision from the judges.