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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.

ATHLETE SALARY + ENDORSEMENTS SPORT COUNTRY
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

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime via boxingnews24.com

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Best Boxers in the World (2015)

The Fight Of The Century: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather

The Fight Of The Century: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather

Hard to believe. It’s the fifth go-round for Sports List of the Day‘s annual look at the best boxers in the world by weight class, courtesy boxrec.com.

Wladimir Klitschko maintains his hold on the heavyweight crown for the second year in a row, while a man much in the media lately, “Money” Floyd Mayweather, Jr., remains the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world for a fourth straight time.

The 63-3 Klitschko’s next fight will be April 25 against Bryant Jennings (19-0) at Madison Square Garden.

But, really, who cares too much about that? The most anticipated fight of the year, decade and probably this century is a week after that. In fact, the match is being called “The Fight of the Century.”

At last, the undefeated Mayweather (47-0) will be facing off against 57-5-2 Manny Pacquiao, another four-time (and consecutive) pound-for-pound title holder (2008-2011), on May 2 at the MGM Grand. Can’t wait for that one.

Be sure to check out boxrec.com for all your boxing info needs – current and historical – including the current top 25 pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

WEIGHT CLASS TOP WEIGHT BOXER COUNTRY 2014 TOP BOXER
Pound For Pound N/A Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
Heavyweight 200 lbs+ Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
Cruiserweight 200 lbs Grigory Drozd Russia Yoan Pablo Hernandez (Cuba)
Light Heavyweight 175 lbs Adonis Stevenson Canada
Super Middleweight 168 lbs Carl Froch UK Andre Ward (USA)
Middleweight 160 lbs Gennady Golovkin Kazakhstan
Light Middleweight 154 lbs Saul Alvarez Mexico  
Welterweight 147 lbs Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
Light Welterweight 140 lbs Danny Garcia USA
Lightweight 135 lbs Terence Crawford USA Miguel Vazquez (Mexico)
Super Featherweight 130 lbs Takashi Uchiyama Japan Mikey Garcia (USA)
Featherweight 126 lbs Nicholas Walters Jamaica Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
Super Bantamweight 122 lbs Carl Frampton UK Guillermo Rigondeaux (Cuba)
Bantamweight 118 lbs Shinsuke Yamanaka Japan  
Super Flyweight 115 lbs Naoya Inoue Japan Omar Andres Narvaez (Argentina)
Flyweight 112 lbs Roman Gonzalez Nicaragua Akira Yaegashi (Japan)
Light Flyweight 108 lbs Pedro Guevara Mexico Naoya Inoue (Japan)
Minimumweight 105 lbs Wanheng Menayothin Thailand Katsunari Takayama (Japan)

Photo: thecambodiaherald.com

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Best Boxers in the World 2014: No. 1 Rankings for Every Weight Class

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Still The Best In The World

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Still The Best In The World

Hard to believe, but it’s Sports List of the Day‘s 4th annual installment of the best boxers in the world, courtesy boxrec.com – the best boxing site on the Web. Thanks to all the sports fans out there who have kept both sites going!

Now, let’s take a look.

The still-undefeated Floyd Mayweather (46-0) continues to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. His media-nemesis (for they will never meet in the ring, it seems), Manny Pacquiao, clings to second-best.

Three Americans fell from last year’s list, but they have been replaced by three other Americans, maintaining the United States’ five-man presence (and leadership) amongst the rankings.

Japan comes in very strong in the lighter classes, including tops in four of the five lightest.

And how about Gennady Golovkin, the first Kazakh boxer to take over a No. 1 slot since we’ve been covering the best boxers in the world: 2011, 2012, 2013 and now…2014, below.

WEIGHT CLASS TOP WEIGHT BOXER COUNTRY 2013 TOP BOXER
1. Pound For Pound N/A Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
2. Heavyweight 200 lbs+ Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine Vitali Klitschko (Ukraine)
3. Cruiserweight 200 lbs Yoan Pablo Hernandez Cuba  
4. Light Heavyweight 175 lbs Adonis Stevenson Canada Bernard Hopkins (USA)
5. Super Middleweight 168 lbs Andre Ward USA  
6. Middleweight 160 lbs Gennady Golovkin Kazakhstan Sergio Gabriel Martinez (Argentina)
7. Light Middleweight 154 lbs Saul Alvarez Mexico  
8. Welterweight 147 lbs Floyd Mayweather, Jr. USA  
9. Light Welterweight 140 lbs Danny Garcia USA Lamont Peterson (USA)
10. Lightweight 135 lbs Miguel Vazquez Mexico Adrien Broner (USA)
11. Super Featherweight 130 lbs Mikey Garcia USA Yuriorkis Gamboa (Cuba)
12. Featherweight 126 lbs Nonito Donaire Philippines Abner Mares (Mexico)
13. Super Bantamweight 122 lbs Guillermo Rigondeaux Cuba  
14. Bantamweight 118 lbs Shinsuke Yamanaka Japan  
15. Super Flyweight 115 lbs Omar Andres Narvaez Argentina Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr. (Thailand)
16. Flyweight 112 lbs Akira Yaegashi Japan Juan Francisco Estrada (Mexico)
17. Light Flyweight 108 lbs Naoya Inoue Japan Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua)
18. Minimumweight 105 lbs Katsunari Takayama Japan

Photo: bbc.com

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