Floyd Weather Listed As Highest Paid Sportsman By Forbes

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been named the highest paid sportsperson in the world over the last 12 months.

Figures released by business magazine Forbes showed that the undefeated American has earned a whooping US$300m (£194m).

Most of that came from his ‘super-fight’ with Manny Pacquiao, whose $160m (£103.4m) takings made him the second-highest earner.

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In a distant third place was Real Madrid and Portuguese super star forward Cristiano Ronaldo with $79.6m (£51.4m)

The figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money and appearance fees, plus estimates of endorsement income for the past 12 months.

A surprise inclusion in the top 10 was American golfer and former world number Tiger Woods who has struggled to regain his top form for almost 2 years now. He made at number 9 with his $50.6m (£32.7m) worth of endorsements. The American earned just $600,000 (£387,000) in winnings because of injury and poor form.

Top 10:

  • Floyd Mayweather, US, Boxing = US$300m (£194m).
  • Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, Boxing = $160m (£103.4m)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Football = $79.6m (£51.4m)
  • Lionel Messi, Argentina, Football = $73.8m (£47.7m)
  • Roger Federer, Switzerland, Tennis = $67m (£43.3m)
  • LeBron James, US, Basketball = $64.8m (£41.9m)
  • Kevin Durant, US, Basketball = $54.1m (£35m)
  • Phil Mickelson, US, Golf = $50.8m (£32.8m)
  • Tiger Woods, US, Golf = $50.6m (£32.7m)
  • Kobe Bryant, US, Basketball = $49.5m (£32m)