Floyd Mayweather regains title as world's top earning athlete

Virginia Santiago
June 6, 2018

According to Forbes' 2018 list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes - that includes all earnings from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018 - Mayweather took the top spot by an incredibly wide margin.

Ronaldo has been the highest paid athlete the two previous years but fell to third. Mayweather would win that fight via 10th round TKO and his $285 million earned is more than both the No. 2 and No. 3 athletes on the list, combined.

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Williams was the only woman to feature in the top 100 last year, but her prize money dropped from United States dollars 8 million to USD 62,000 this year after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

He added: "Forbes' lists of top-earning athletes have always been testosterone heavy". Cristiano Ronaldo ($108m) 4.

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Mixed-martial arts and UFC star McGregor is fourth on the list and is joined in the top ten by Brazil footballer Neymar, basketball players LeBron James and Steph Curry, tennis ace Roger Federer and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

The starting income for the 2018 list was a record $22.9m, up $1.5m from the previous year, largely due to soaring salaries in the National Basketball Association.

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While Mayweather is no stranger to this list, McGregor's presence is likely the reason why we haven't seen the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion in an Octagon since November of 2016. Messi's annual salary and bonus exceeded $80 million, making him the highest-paid player on the pitch this year. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income for the 12 months through June 1 based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders. American Football was the next most-represented sport with 18 players, followed by baseball with 14 and football with nine.

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