Mayweather-World's highest paid Athlete-Forbes 100


There's a reason they call boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. "Money." He fought twice during the past 12 months, knocking out Victor Ortiz in September and winning a unanimous decision in May against Miguel Cotto. He spent less than one hour in the ring to dispatch his two foes.

His combined payday for the bouts: $85 million.

That helped make Mayweather the world's highest-paid athlete over the past year, unseating Tiger Woods, who has been the top-earner since 2001. Woods ranks third this year with earnings of $59.4 million.

Mayweather maximizes his earnings by also acting as his own fight promoter through his company Mayweather Promotions. He collects all of the revenue from tickets, pay-per-view and sponsorships and covers the costs, including the purse for his opponent. His take home per fight is typically at least 50% higher than what his rival Manny Pacquiao earns.

Being a wildly polarizing figure doesn't seem to have hurt his earnings. He charmed old ladies as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2007 and provoked outrage with his racially charged, hate-filled rant against Pacquiao in 2010. His antics create buzz, and the result is both boxing fans and people who are normally indifferent to the sport pay up for his bouts. He has been a part of the four biggest non-heavyweight PPV events in boxing's history. The Cotto fight generated $94 million in PPV receipts.

Pacquiao ranks second with earnings of $62 million. Over the past 12 months he fought Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley. The bouts netted him $56 million, including money he gets from their broadcast in the Philippines. He also made an estimated $6 million over the past year outside the ring through endorsements with Nike, Hewlett-Packard, Monster Energy and Hennessy.



http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2012/06/18/mayweather-tops-list-of-the-worlds-100-highest-paid-athletes/

and still the biggest coward

Two fights to make more than the entire payroll of fighters for the entire year. Damn I guess boxing is dead. Phone Post

If the UFC only put on 2 shows a year, and put everything on only two guys for a PPV then they could probably pay better too. When you have 800 +/- fighters, provide health care, spread money over the entire payroll instead of just 2 fighters, and promote everything with your own money then the top pay goes down a bit. Not to mention how long boxing has been around vs. the UFC.

I don't think boxing is dead, but what happens when you lose the very limited number of names?

Not saying the UFC is better, or there isn't plenty of room to grow because that would just be stupid. But I am saying that there is a much bigger picture than just one guy that makes all the money.

Two boxers top the list and apparently Mayweather does so without any endorsements which makes it even more impressive.

Here it is a breakdown according to boxingscene.com

#1 Floyd Mayweather

Total earnings: $85 million
Salary/winnings: $85 million
Endorsements: $0

#2 Manny Pacquiao

Total earnings: $62 million
Salary/winnings: $56 million
Endorsements: $6 million

#3 Tiger Woods

Total earnings: $59.4 million
Salary/winnings: $4.4 million
Endorsements: $55 million

#4 LeBron James

Total earnings: $53 million
Salary/winnings: $13 million
Endorsements: $40 million

#5 Roger Federer

Total earnings: $52.7 million
Salary/winnings: $7.7 million
Endorsements: $45 million

#6 Kobe Bryant

Total earnings: $52.3 million
Salary/winnings: $20.3 million
Endorsements: $32 million

#7 Phil Mickelson

Total earnings: $47.8 million
Salary/winnings: $4.8 million
Endorsements: $43 million

#8 David Beckham

Total earnings: $46 million
Salary/winnings: $9 million
Endorsements: $37 million

#9 Cristiano Ronaldo

Total earnings: $42.5 million
Salary/winnings: $20.5 million
Endorsements: $22 million

#10 Peyton Manning

Total earnings: $42.4 million
Salary/winnings: $32.4 million
Endorsements: $10 million

Manning got paid on the bench all season. Phone Post

 HARD WORK

Barry_BondsMVP -  HARD WORK



yup. this & smart business.


 

And to think Manny wouldn't accept the 40mil Floyd offered him to fight. Phone Post

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kanodogg2 - 
TheGoldenRule - and still the biggest coward
Ban this guy for fighter bashing Phone Post


 

How many MMA fighters were in the top 100? LOL

Agreed

PoundforPound - How many MMA fighters were in the top 100? LOL


 does Dana count lol

lol World's Highest Paid Athletes...

in America

Barry_BondsMVP - 
PoundforPound - How many MMA fighters were in the top 100? LOL


 does Dana count lol




No! And neither do the Fertittas. :p

P4PKING - You idiots don't understand how mayweather makes that much. He is the promoter he is the "UFC" during his boxing fights he pays himself, he pay his opponent, he pays for he venue, he pays to promote the fight. He gets the gate money, every hotdog, beer, and popcorn someone buys he gets a piece of. It would be like dfw fighting getting paid his purse for fighting then ontop of that he would get whatever cash he is already making per event Phone Post
Thanks tips. Phone Post

Tiger wipes his ass with Mayweathers money if endorsements are included. Only athlete to ever earn a billion.

 I think Tiger's wife is wipping her ass with Tiger's money now lol...