Floyd Mayweather Jr
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. celebrates his victory over Marcos Maidana of Argentina at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2014. Reuters

Apart from being a symbol of strength and courage, boxing champions have also proven that being a boxer is a lucrative career by earning their fortunes at a massive rate. The courage they possess makes them able to earn the highest stakes for their efforts. Here are the top 5 richest boxers of 2014.

1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Age: 37 Net Worth: $280 Million

Stats: Wins: 46 Losses: 0 Draws: 0

The undefeated American boxer, Floyd Mayweather is dubbed as the most successful and active boxer today with a perfect record in his career as a pro. Mayweather is the first athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100 million in Forbes list of highest-paid athletes. He has won 10 world titles and a five-division world champion.

2 George Foreman
Age: 65 Net Worth: $250 Million

Stats: Wins: 76 Losses: 5

George Foreman is a retired American professional boxer but he did not make his fortune in the ring - he made it in the grill. It is reported that George Foreman made $200 million of his $250 million net worth through selling the famous George Foreman grill, which is also one of the best-selling housewares in the United States. He's a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medallist and an ordained minister.

3 Oscar De La Hoya
Age: 41 Net Worth: $200 Million

Stats: Wins: 39 Losses: 6 Draws: 0

Oscar de la Hoya is a retired American boxer nicknamed Golden Boy. Right after graduating from James A. Garfield High School, he won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games and De La Hoya made more money out of pay-per-view fights than in boxing. He founded one of the most successful promotional companies in boxing, the Golden Boy Promotions.

4 Lennox Lewis
Age: 49 Net Worth: $140 Million

Stats: Wins: 41 Losses: 2 Draws: 1

Lennox Lewis is one of the most feared heavyweight boxers during his time and the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion. Holding both British and Canadian citizenship, Lewis turned professional in 1989 and retired in 2004 with a record of 41 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw.

5 Sugar Ray Leonard
Age: 58 Net Worth: $120 Million

Stats: Wins: 36 Losses: 3 Draws: 1

Sugar Ray Leonard is a retired American professional boxer who was also a force in the boxing realm. He retired in 1997 holding a record of 36 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw with a comfortable $120 million net worth. Apart from being a professional boxer, he is also a motivational speaker and an occasional actor.