Forbes’ 20 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World (2015)

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Floyd Mayweather bests Manny Pacquiao again – and for the second year in a row tops everybody on Forbes’ annual list of the 100 richest athletes in the world.

Mayweather made almost twice as much as Pacquiao in the past 12 months – both the only current nine-figure sportsmen in the world. Together, they brought in nearly half a billion dollars ($300M + $160M).

Tiger Woods is the third member of the nine-figure club – he earned $105 million back in 2010 before it all fell apart. Still, Woods ranks ninth today, raking in a “paltry” $50.6 million.

According to Forbes, “the blockbuster showdown between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao” had most to do with the two boxers’ earnings (duh) – and with the overall increase across the board for the top 100.

Mayweather earned nearly $180 million and Pacquiao $120 million for their May 2nd fight.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are next on the list. World football has the most members of the top 20, along with NBA Basketball, tied with four apiece.

Any MLB Baseball? Why, yes. What? Jon Lester is the highest paid player in the game.

For a look at all 100 rankers and their salary/endorsements splits, check out Forbes’ spread, here.

1. Floyd Mayweather $300M Boxing USA
2. Manny Pacquiao $160M Boxing Philippines
3. Cristiano Ronaldo $79.6M World Football Portugal
4. Lionel Messi $73.8M World Football Argentina
5. Roger Federer $67M Tennis Switzerland
6. LeBron James $64.8M NBA Basketball USA
7. Kevin Durant $54.1M NBA Basketball USA
8. Phil Mickelson $50.8M PGA Golf USA
9. Tiger Woods $50.6M PGA Golf USA
10. Kobe Bryant $49.5M NBA Basketball USA
11. Ben Roethlisberger $48.9M NFL Football USA
12. Rory McIlroy $48.3M PGA Golf UK
13. Novak Djokovic $48.2M Tennis Serbia
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic $39.1M World Football Sweden
15. Lewis Hamilton $39M Formula One UK
16. Ndamukong Suh $38.6M NFL Football USA
17. Fernando Alonso $35.5M Formula One Spain
18. Gareth Bale $35M World Football UK
19. Jon Lester $34.1M MLB Baseball USA
20. Derrick Rose $33.9M NBA Basketball USA

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