Floyd Mayweather Tops The List Of Highest Paid Athletes [Details]

Rucuss staffJune 19, 2012

Boxer Floyd Mayweather knocks Tiger Woods off the top of Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 highest-paid sports personalities over the past year.

Mayweather, who is serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic assault, made $85 million for fights against Victor Ortiz ($40 million) and Miguel Cotto ($45 million). He was able to get such a high payday for both fights through is company Mayweather Promotions. He has no endorsements.

Woods, who had held the top spot of the Forbes List since 2001, dropped to third place earning $59.4 million. He saw a drop of $16 million in earnings. Boxer Manny Pacquiao finished in second place with $62 million. Pacquiao earned $56 million fighting and $6 million in endorsements. Pacman has endorsements with Monster Energy, Hennessy, Nike and Hewlett-Packard.

NBA star Lebron James is ranked No.4 on the list with $53 million. James earned $13 million in salary and $40 million in endorsements. King James most notable deals are with Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, State Farm and Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins in Asia.

Tennis star Roger Federer rounds out the top five. He earned $52.7 million last year with $7.7 million in earnings and $45 million in endorsements. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant followed with $52.3 million, golfer Phil Mickelson at $47.8 million, LA Galaxy star David Beckham at $46 million and Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo at $42.5 million. Peyton Manning is No. 10 after he signed with the Denver  Broncos for $96 million over five years.

Only two women, both tennis players, cracked the list. Russia’s Maria Sharapova was 26th at $27.9 million, while China’s Li Na was 81st overall at $18.4 million.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the reigning 100- and 200-meter Olympic champion and world record-holder who is the top attraction at the  London Olympics, was 63rd with $20.3 million.

To find out who else landed on the list go here.


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