Mayweather tops 2015’s highest-paid athletes

Floyd Mayweather, left, celebrates during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao. (John Locher/AP)

They don’t call him “Money” Mayweather for nothing.

Floyd Mayweather topped Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes for the second straight year, and it wasn’t even close. The world’s pound-for-pound champ brought in a cool $300 million in 2015 thanks largely to May’s super fight against Manny Pacquiao, who finished $140 million back of Mayweather in second place.

Here’s how the rest of the top-10 shook out. You can check out the full list here.

World’s highest-paid athletes (2015)
Name Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements Sport
Floyd Mayweather $300M $285M $15M Boxing
Manny Pacquiao $160M $148M $12M Boxing
Cristiano Ronaldo $79.6M $52.6M $27M Soccer
Lionel Messi $73.8M $51.8M $22M Soccer
Roger Federer $67M $9M $58M Tennis
LeBron James $64.8M $20.8M $44M Basketball
Kevin Durant $54.1M $19.1M $35M Basketball
Phil Mickelson $50.8M $2.8M $48M Golf
Tiger Woods $50.6M $0.6M $50M Golf
Kobe Bryant $49.5M $23.5M $26M Basketball
Honourable mentions

Baseball was the most well-represented sport with 27 players cracking the top-100, led by Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, who was 19th on the list with $34.1 million.

Sidney Crosby is hockey’s highest earner, but his total earnings of $16.5 million was still more than $2-million shy of the 100th-ranked athlete, Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

Aaron Rodgers was the best player in football last season, but he wasn’t the highest paid. The reigning MVP finished 14th among 16 NFL players on the list, led by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (11th), Ndamukong Suh (16th) and Carson Palmer (27th).

The lowest paid athlete on the list was six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, who only made $15,000 in winnings but took home $21 million in endorsements to finish 73rd overall.

Bolt’s endorsement earnings are still well behind the leader in that category. Roger Federer leads the way with $58 million, ahead of golfers Tiger Woods ($50M) and Phil Mickelson ($48M).

Speaking of golfers, the most surprising athlete to crack the list is No. 96 Billy Horschel, who somehow made $19 million over the past year.

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