Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World

Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World (2012)

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather tops the list of highest paid athletes around the world in 2012. According to Forbes, the boxer was the highest paid athlete of the year. Click here to check out the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world.

Boxers are ruling the world of highest paid athletes as Manny Pacquaio, another boxer, is the 2nd highest paid athlete after Floyd Mayweather followed by Tiger Woods. Floyd Mayweather removed Tiger Woods from the top spot with earnings generated from only 2 bouts which were against Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto.

1) Floyd Mayweather

Profession: Boxer
Total earnings: $85 million
Winnings: $85 million
Endorsements: $0
 

2) Manny Pacquaio

Profession: Boxer
Total earnings: $62 million
Winnings: $56 million
Endorsements: $6 million
 

3) Tiger Woods

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

4) LeBron James

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

5) Roger Federer

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

6) Kobe Bryant

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

7) Phil Mickelson

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

8) David Beckham

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

9) Cristiano Ronaldo

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

10) Peyton Manning

Profession: American Football Player
Total earnings: $42.4 million
Salary/winnings: $32.4 million
Endorsements: $10 million

Source: Forbes.com

 

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