P4P Popularity #Social Media Calibration

Most Famous Boxers

Following on from Elie’s discussion with Four time Golden Gloves Champion Brendon Krause on the most famous fighters in the world today I thought it pertinent to perform an analysis of the social media following of today’s biggest names in boxing.

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather remains the biggest draw in the sport.

Additionally I then cross-referenced the Social Media Following Rankings with various Pound-for-Pound Rankings establishing a framework for isolating the most touted & least appreciated athletes in the sport. In so much as I could I attempted also to place boxing in 2012 in some historical perspective as a sport of mass appeal by comparing social media followings of historical greats but eventually decided against a head-to-head comparison due to variations in social media uptake across generations. This is perhaps the least scientific & most vulnerable to the imbalances in age, outlook & frames of reference of the most active social media participants.

Twitter Followers

Floyd Mayweather 3,466,740

Manny Pacquiao 751,956

Largest Facebook Page (by Likes)

Floyd Mayweather
Las Vegas, Nevada · Athlete · 1,727,388 likes
Manny Pacquiao
Las Vegas, Nevada · Athlete · 3,148,538 likes
Twitter followers + Facebook Pages Likes
  1. Floyd Mayweather 3,466,740 + 1,727,388 likes = 5,194,128
  2. Manny Pacquiao 751,956 + 3,148,538 likes = 3,900,494

Everyone Else

Largest Facebook Page (by Likes) + Twitter Followers

3. Amir Khan – The Official Page
Bolton · Athlete · 649,711 likes + Twitter Followers 1,219,499 = 1,869,210
4. David Haye
Athlete · 208,052 likes Twitter Followers 671,192 = 879,244

5. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez

Athlete · 91,919 likes Twitter Followers 286,688 = 378,607

6. Miguel Cotto

Athlete · Community Page · 100,309 likes Twitter Followers 230,006 = 330,315

7. Juan Manuel Marquez
Mexico City, Mexico · Athlete · 206,152 likes + Twitter Followers 95,536 = 301,688
8. Canelo Alvarez
Athlete · 268,072 likes + Twitter Followers 7,213 = 275,285
9. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Athlete · 72,532 likes Twitter Followers 183,913 = 256,445
10. Victor Ortiz
Athlete · 120,995 likes + Twitter Followers 131,426 = 252,421
11. Lucian Bute
Athlete · 227,203 likes + Twitter Followers 11,963 = 239,166
12. Andre Ward
Oakland, California · Athlete · 22,208 likes Twitter Followers 142,755 = 164,963

13. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero
7560 Monterey Rd · Gilroy, California · 95020
Athlete

2 were here · 3,574 likes Twitter Followers 158,107 161,681

14. Nonito Donaire Jr.
Athlete · 103,550 likes + Twitter Followers 50,245 = 153,795
15. Carl “The Cobra” Froch
Nottingham, United Kingdom · Athlete · 19,852 likes Twitter Followers 129,066 = 148,918

16. Tomasz Adamek
Public Figure · Community Page · 120,270 likes Twitter doesn’t appear to have an account (0) = 120,270 

17. Billy “The Kid” Dib
Sydney, Australia · Athlete · 5,027 likes Twitter Followers 90,108 = 95,135
Ptuj · Athlete · 75,487 likes Twitter Followers 3,631 = 79,118
19. Kell Brook
Sheffield · Athlete · 8,854 likes Twitter Followers 65,965 = 74,819

20. Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Athlete · 20,403 likes Twitter Followers 53,695 = 74,098

21. Vitali Klitschko
Public Figure · Community Page · 49,475 likes Twitter Followers 47,235/2* = 73,093

22. Tyson Fury “Official”
Athlete · 5,791 likes Twitter Followers 62,915 = 68,706
23. Zab Judah
New York, New York · Athlete · 8,815 likes Twitter Followers 51,229 = 60,044
London, United Kingdom · Athlete · 4,347 likes Twitter Followers 55,352 = 59,699
Miami, Florida · Athlete · 3,942 likes Twitter Followers 45,792 = 49,734

26. Wladimir Klitschko
Actor/Director · Community Page · 25,636 likes Twitter Followers 47,235/2* = 49,254

27. Adrien Broner
Athlete · 1,647 likes Twitter Followers 41,364 = 43,011

28. Danny Swift Garcia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Athlete · 10,946 likes Twitter Followers 28,394 = 39,394

29. Devon Alexander
Public Figure · Community Page · 693 likes Twitter Followers 31,971 = 32,664

30. Official Brandon “BAM BAM” Rios
Oxnard, California · Athlete · 9,756 likes Twitter Followers 14,069 = 23,825

31. Chad Dawson
Athlete · 12,660 likes Twitter Followers 8,923 = 21,583

32. Timothy Bradley

Athlete · Community Page · 15,494 likes Twitter Followers 3,357 = 18,851

33. Lamont Peterson

Public Figure · Community Page · 1,389 likes Twitter Followers 13,982 = 15,371

34. Abner Mares Martinez
Athlete · 2,828 likes Twitter Followers 11,429 = 14,257

35. Daniel Geale Fan Page

Athlete · 7,513 likes Twitter Followers 6,060 = 13,573

36. Frank Buglioni
Athlete · 193 likes Twitter Followers 12,647 = 12,840
37. Yuriorkis Gamboa
Athlete · Community Page · 2,475 likes Twitter Followers 10,213 = 12,688

38. Cornelius K9 Bundrage
Athlete · 772 likes Twitter Followers 9,970 = 10,742

39. Austin Trout
Las Cruces, New Mexico · Athlete · 1,110 likes Twitter Followers 5,035 = 6,145

40. Tavoris Cloud
Public Figure · Community Page · 67 likes Twitter Followers 5,200 = 5,267
41. Guillermo EL CHACAL Rigondeaux
Athlete · 3,065 likes Twitter Followers 376 = 3,441
Montreal, Quebec · Athlete · 923 likes Twitter Followers 2,082 = 3,005

43. Orlando el Siri Salido

Athlete · 857 likes Twitter Followers 1,964 = 2,821

44. Antonio DeMarco
Athlete · 559 likes Twitter Followers 1,686 = 2,245

45. Lucas Martin Matthysse
Athlete · 129 likes Twitter Followers 227 (staff account) = 356 

46. Yoan Pablo Hernández
Athlete · Community Page · 29 likes Twitter doesn’t appear to have an account (0) = 29

*Note that the Klitschko Brothers share a Twitter account.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton