Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the Highest Grossing Athlete in the World
Forbes released his annual list
Forbes has released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes in the world. For the fourth time in seven years, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is retired, is the highest paid athlete in the world.
The Boxer made $285 million over the last 12 months. The majority of that money came from his August 2017 fight with UFC star Conor McGregor.
According to Forbes, Floyd got $275 million for the fight. The boxer got another $10 million in endorsements. Mayweather’s opponent, McGregor, came in fourth place, taking in $99 million, with $85 million coming in from that fight.
Coming in number two is soccer star Lionel Messi, who took in $111 million, more than half of what Mayweather earned. LeBron James was the highest grossing basketball player, coming in at number five, taking in $85.5 million, with $52 million coming from endorsements.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the highest grossing football player, coming in at number nine and earning $67.3 million.
The entire list is fascinating. One of the telling factors is that there are no woman in the top 100. Last year, Serena Williams was the only woman featured in the list, ranking in $27 million. But she is nowhere to be found this year, after taking a break to have a child.
Check out the top ten list below. And the entire list here.
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