Floyd Mayweather is highest-paid man in sport, according to Forbes

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Floyd Mayweather's super-fight with Manny Pacquiao helped make him the highest-paid sportsman

Boxer Floyd Mayweather was the world's highest-paid sportsman of the past 12 months, according to figures from business magazine Forbes.external-link

The annual sporting rich-list showed Mayweather, who also topped last year's list, earned 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.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was third 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.

Golfer Tiger Woods remains in the top 10 thanks to 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:

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

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Floyd Mayweather tweeted this picture with the message "welcome to my world" in January 2015.

Other notable entries:

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy appears at 12 on the list thanks to his two majors wins in the last 12 months that brought in $48.3m (£31m).

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is 15th with $39m (£25m), although a lucrative new contract could push him up the list next year.

Wales and Real Madrid player Gareth Bale is the highest-placed British footballer, with his $35.5m (£22m) earnings putting him at 18.

England football captain Wayne Rooney at 34th, with $26.9m (£17m).

Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is 64th with $22.3m (£14m).

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