NEW YORK – The world’s highest-paid athlete is in jail. The guy in second place just lost a title fight, and the man who held the distinction for a decade is now third.
Forbes has released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed “Money,” is No. 1.
Mayweather, who made $85 million for two fights last year, is currently serving a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas for domestic battery.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao is second on the magazine’s list at $62 million from earnings and endorsements. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley earlier this month.
Tiger Woods, No. 1 on the list since 2001, made $59.4 million to place third.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat is fourth with $53 million. He is one of 13 basketball players on the list.
Tennis star Roger Federer is fifth at $52.7 million, while NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is sixth with $52.3 million. Golfer Phil Mickelson is seventh with $47.8 million.
Thirty football players made the top 100, with Peyton Manning tops among them at No. 10. The Denver Broncos’ new quarterback made $42.4 million during his last season with the Indianapolis Colts, even though he sat out the entire season while recovering from a neck injury.
David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy was No. 8 overall and the highest ranked soccer player at $46 million. Cristiano Ronaldo is 9th with $42.5 million.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among baseball players and No. 18 overall with $33 million.
Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($27.9 million) comes in at No. 26, and Li Na ($18.4 million).
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Floyd is highest paid athlete; Pacman 2nd