Undisputed welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is still the highest-paid athlete in the world, according to the Forbes 2015 highest-paid athletes list.
Endorsement deals and earnings made from his historic fight with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao in May pushed “Money’s” total earnings to a staggering $300 million (about R3,7 billion) in the past 12 months.
Mayweather’s earnings received a big boost from the “Fight of the Century”.
The unbeaten pugilist received a $100 million (about R1,2 billion) payout for the super-fight, with the overall dividends expected to be in the region of $600 million (about R7,4 billion)
Mayweather is planning on hanging up his gloves in September.
He announced that he would be retiring after he fought for a 49th time to complete his Showtime obligations later this year, Sports Illustrated reported.
“My last fight is in September, then it’s time for me to hang it up,” he said, after his resounding victory over Pacquiao. “You know, I’m almost 40 years old now, I’ve been in the sport for 19 years, I’ve been world champion for 18 years and I’m truly thankful and blessed.”
The fight also boosted Pacquiao’s coffers – he came second on the Forbes list.
According to the report, Pacquiao made $160 million (about R1,9 billion), including $12 million (about R1,4 billion) from endorsements with Nike, Foot Locker, Wonderful Pistachios, Nestlé and numerous Filipino firms.
Other athletes who made the list include Cristiano Ronaldo (number three with $79,6 million [about R989 million]), Barcelona striker Lionel Messi (fourth with $73,8 million [about R917 million]) and tennis supremo Roger Federer (fifth place with $67 million [about R832 million]).
Mayweather has held the top spot for the second year in a row and third time overall, according to Forbes.