Mayweather tops Pacquiao……
Floyd “Money” Mayweather has beaten Manny Pacquiao again: the undefeated US boxer leads his Filipino rival atop Forbes’ latest list of the world’s highest-paid sports figures.
Mayweather tops the list for the second year in a row with the majority of his US$300 million in earnings over the past 12 months coming from his May mega-fight with Pacquiao.
Thanks to his take from the fight, Pacquiao is second on the list released on Wednesday with US$ 160 million in earnings, joining Mayweather and Tiger Woods as the only sportsmen to earn nine figures in a 12-month period.
The highest-grossing fight in history, which generated US$ 400 million in US revenue, accounts for much of the US$460 million earnings increase on the 2015 list, Forbes said.
According to the financial magazine’s calculations –which take into account salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees and estimated licensing and endorsement income – the top 100 earned a total of US$ 3.2 billion over the last 12 months.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo edged Barcelona rival Lionel Messi for third on the list, with Ronaldo coming in at US$ 79 million and Messi US$73.8 million.
Swiss tennis great Roger Federer rounded out the top five with total earnings of US$67 million.
Woods remains in the top 10 at number nine (US$50.6 million), despite the decline in his game that has seen his world ranking slide to 181.
The 14-time major champion’s old rival Phil Mickelson is the highest-paid golfer at eighth (US$50.8 million) – with reigning world number one Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland coming in at 12th.
The top 10 also features three NBA players: Le Baron James at sixth, Kevin Durant at seventh and Kobe Bryant at 10th.
Once again, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is the highest woman on the list at 26 – with total earnings of US$29.7 million.
World number one Serena Williams is the only other woman in the top 100 at number 47 (US$ 26.4 million)