As well as being great sporting spectacles, the greatest fights in boxing often also represent big business and today can gross huge amounts of money. What follows are what are generally accepted to be the five richest boxing bouts in history ranked by pay-per-view TV revenues, which all raised astonishing amounts of money.
5. Mike Tyson Vs Evander Holyfield, 28th June 1997 – $100.2 Million
For a long time it was undoubtedly the heavyweight division which was the biggest money spinner in professional boxing, and that was never truer than in Mike Tyson’s era.
His rematch in 1997 with Evander Holyfield, who had defeated him in a shock result the previous year, reportedly recorded 1.9 million pay-per-view buys to rack up its $100.2 million total and earn both fighters more than $30 million dollars each.
That purse turned out to be for less than three rounds of boxing however, as the bout famously came to an end with Tyson’s disqualification for biting off part of Holyfield’s ear.