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Floyd Mayweather Is The Highest Earning Athlete Of The Past Year

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Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

Half the world probably hates him but Mayweather continues racking up the millions with not a care in the world.

Mayweather fought in the ‘fight of the century’ against Manny Pacquiao and picked up the win and the bigger pay check despite almost everyone protesting the decision. His $100m check from that night helped him to a total of $300m and made him the highest earning athlete of the past 12 months.

Mayweather tops the list for the 3rd time in four years, and his $300m comfortably breaks the previous record of $115m set by Tiger Woods in 2008.

Forbes compiled the list of the highest earning athletes, and Mayweather’s opponent Pacquiao finished 2nd with $160m. The magazine’s calculations constituted earnings figures including all salaries, prize money and bonuses paid out between June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2015.

The top 10 breakdown by sport involved two boxers, two footballers, a tennis star, three basketball players and two golfers.

The full top ten list is below…

  1. Floyd Mayweather, US, Boxing = $300m
  2. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, Boxing = $160m
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Football = $79.6m
  4. Lionel Messi, Argentina, Football = $73.8m
  5. Roger Federer, Switzerland, Tennis = $67m
  6. LeBron James, US, Basketball = $64.8m
  7. Kevin Durant, US, Basketball = $54.1m
  8. Phil Mickelson, US, Golf = $50.8m
  9. Tiger Woods, US, Golf = $50.6m
  10. Kobe Bryant, US, Basketball = $49.5m


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