LeBron James once commented on having more money than anyone but Floyd Mayweather: “If I can be a billion dollar athlete, Ho. Hip Hip Hooray!”

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Thanks to their popularity and marketability, NBA athletes have an insane net worth. LeBron James has been the face of the NBA for quite some time now, earning him a net worth of around $500 million. He once said he had more money than anyone but Floyd Mayweather himself.

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Speaking to GQ magazine, he mentioned his dream of becoming a billionaire and how he compares to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.

Cast member Lebron James attends the film premiere of Space Jam: A New Legacy in Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LeBron on competing with Floyd Mayweather

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This story dates back to 2014, when a then 29-year-old LeBron James was cast as the cover star of GQ. Fresh out of an NBA championship with the Miami Heat, LeBron was the center of attention for debate around the world.

According to GQ Magazine, LeBron remarked, “Everything is fantastic right now. A Miami mansion, a beautiful wife and two sons. Cars. More money than any other American athlete besides Floyd Mayweather, God forbid.”

Interestingly, LeBron James is still not a billionaire. And billionaire status is something he would like to achieve. During the same interview, he mentioned, “This is my biggest step. Obviously. I want to maximize my business. And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion dollar athlete, ho. Hip Hip Hooray! Oh, my God, I’m going to be excited.

In 2014, Mayweather was the richest athlete in the world with an income of around $105 million per year. James, meanwhile, took 3rd place behind Cristiano Ronaldo. He earned around $72.3 million in 2014. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Net worth of LeBron James

The four-time NBA champion currently has a net worth of around $500 million according to Celebritynetworth.com. Having earned over $700 million from contracts and endorsements, LeBron James is well on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a billionaire by 2035 based on his current earnings.

BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 04: NBA star LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers meets fans at a Nike store on September 4, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

His current salary with the Los Angeles Lakers makes him one of the highest paid athletes in the NBA. He earns around $41 million a year.

What is Floyd Mayweather net worth

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Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather has insane commercialization. This earned him the nickname “Money”.

June 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the showdown with YouTube star Logan Paul at Villa Casa Casuarina. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports

His current net worth is around $450 million. Mayweather earned $1.1 billion during his playing career, making him the richest boxer of all time. Mayweather has his boxing club called the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas which contributes to his income.

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