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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)

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Countries with the Most FIBA Basketball World Cup Titles and Appearances

The United States Wins Its Fifth FIBA Basketball World Cup In 2014

The United States Wins Its Fifth FIBA Basketball World Cup In 2014

The USA wins again! – but probably not as often as you’d expect over time. The Americans do have the most (newly-named) FIBA Basketball World Cup titles.  It was called the FIBA World Championship until the last go-round in 2010, which the States also won.

But the U.S. didn’t win as recently as 1998 (Serbia, no NBA players), 2002 (Serbia) or even 2006 (Spain!).

Hard to believe looking at this year’s domination, but there is competition out there, or at least has been until very, very recently recently.

The first World Championship was held in 1950, and won by Argentina. NBA players were not eligible until 1994.

The USSR and Yugoslavia have won three championships apiece, but if you include Serbia’s under the Yugoslavian umbrella, that would be five, tying the U.S.

In a second list below, find every single country that has participated in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. There are 56 of them, sorted by those with the most appearances.

2014 participants are noted in green bold.

MOST FIBA WORLD CUP TITLES

  COUNTRY FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP TITLES YEARS
1. USA 5 1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014
2. Soviet Union 3 1967, 1974, 1982
2. Yugoslavia 3 1970, 1978, 1990
4. Brazil 2 1959, 1963
4. Serbia 2 1998, 2002
6. Argentina 1 1950
6. Spain 1 2006

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MOST FIBA WORLD CUP APPEARANCES

  COUNTRY FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP APPEARANCES YEARS
1. Brazil 17 All Years
1. United States 17 All Years
3. Argentina 13 1950, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
3. Canada 13 1954, 1959, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
3. Puerto Rico 13 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
6. Australia 11 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
6. Spain 11 1950, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
8. Yugoslavia 10 1950, 1954, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
9. Soviet Union 9 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
10. China 8 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
10. Italy 8 1963, 1967, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2006
12. Angola 7 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. France 7 1950, 1954, 1963, 1986, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. Greece 7 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
12. South Korea 7 1970, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014
12. Uruguay 7 1954, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1982, 1986
17. Egypt 6 1950, 1959, 1970, 1990, 1994, 2014
18. Germany 5 1986, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010
18. Mexico 5 1959, 1963, 1967, 1974, 2014
18. New Zealand 5 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
18. Phillipines 5 1954, 1959, 1974, 1978, 2014
18. Serbia 5 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
23. Cuba 4 1970, 1974, 1986, 1994
23. Czechoslovakia 4 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982
23. Japan 4 1963, 1967, 1998, 2006
23. Lithuania 4 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014
23. Panama 4 1970, 1982, 1986, 2006
23. Peru 4 1950, 1954, 1963, 1967
23. Russia 4 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
23. Senegal 4 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014
23. Turkey 4 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
32. Chile 3 1950, 1954, 1959
32. Ivory Coast 3 1982, 1986, 2010
32. Croatia 3 1994, 2010, 2014
32. Lebanon 3 2002, 2006, 2010
32. Slovenia 3 2006, 2010, 2014
32. Venezuela 3 1990, 2002, 2006
38. Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 2 1954, 1959
38. Dominican Republic 2 1978, 2014
38. Iran 2 2010, 2014
38. Israel 2 1954, 1986
38. Nigeria 2 1998, 2006
38. Paraguay 2 1954, 1967
44. Algeria 1 2002
44. Bulgaria 1 1959
44. Central African Republic 1 1974
44. Colombia 1 1982
44. Ecuador 1 1950
44. Finland 1 2014
44. Jordan 1 2010
44. Malaysia 1 1986
44. Netherlands 1 1986
44. Poland 1 1967
44. Qatar 1 2006
44. Tunisia 1 2010
44. Ukraine 1 2014

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