Well, according to the Forbes List it is far from dead. This year Manny Pacquiao came in 15th on the magazines list with earnings totaling $34 million, which was a step back from last year where he came in second with $62 million from earnings and endorsements.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather has yet to fight nemesis Manny Pacquiao but was still able to pull in 34 million and come in 14th on the list. However, the list was created before “Money” broke his personal record for most money he’s ever made in 1 fight when he netted 41.5 million guaranteed for fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 14th. This shattered his old record he set earlier this year after defeating Robert Guerrero in May that earned him $32 million. Before 2013, the record holder for money earned for a single fight was Evander Holyfield when he received $33 million for his 1997 rematch with Mike Tyson. As we stand today Floyd has pulled in a disgusting 73.5 million dollars in 2013, for just two fights.
“Money’s” $85 million last year placed him in first on Forbes List, knocking off usual resident Tiger Woods.
Boxing is parallel to Major League Baseball in that the tradition is what largely fuels the success of the sport. MMA is parallel to the NFL in that they came later but in many ways are surpassing the success of traditional boxing and the MLB, respectively. But while we hear talks about Boxing and the MLB being on the decline, trust that they will always be here the same way classic cars never completely go away.
While no MMA fighters made the list, when you take Mayweather and Pacquiao out of the mix, the MMA salaries could rival the rest of the traditional boxers. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s most affluent MMA organization, is a privately held company and their financial numbers are held private.