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Money Mayweather Still Highest Paid Man In Sport

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Boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has topped the list of the highest paid sportsman in the world at $300 million dollars according to Forbes for the second year in a row with his most recent opponent Manny Pacquiao ($160 million) at number two in the list.

Mayweather who openly admits to his liking for cash, was part of the biggest fight the boxing world has seen in 2015 as he unanimously beat Filipino Pacquiao in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand in May and still holds an unbeaten record with a fight against Britain’s Amir Khan rumoured to be next.

The top five in the list is rounded out by the two most famous footballers in the world, Christiano Ronaldo  at three($79.6 million) and Lionel Messi at four ($73.8 million) with tennis player Roger Federer at number five ($67 million)

British stars on the top 100 list include golfer and world number one Rory McIIroy in 12th ($48.3 million), Formula One Lewis Hamilton at 15 ($39 million), Gareth Bale at 18 ($35.5 million), Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney at 34 ($26.9 million), tennis major winner Andy Murray at 64 ($22.3 million),  golfer Justin Rose at 82 ($20.2 million) and US bound footballer Frank Lampard at 87 ($19.7 million).

Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes 

  • 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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