Floyd Mayweather is highest-paid athlete of 2015 with record $300m

Floyd Mayweather has topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes for 2015 with a record $300m (£194m).

The welterweight boxer had already earned $420m entering 2015 but it was his fight with Manny Pacquiao in May that boosted income for the self-styled Money Man.

According to Forbes, Mayweather was paid $100m on the night, but that was boosted by pay-per-view figures (4.4m), gate money ($73m) and sponsorships ($13m).

The fight is likely to gross $600m with the fighters and their promotions companies splitting $400, 60% which will go to Mayweather.

With the earnings calculations running from 1 June 2014 to 1 June 1 2015, Mayweather’s fight against Marcos Maidana in September is also factored in , bringing his income to $285m over the last 12 months in the ring. Deals with Hublot, FanDuel and Burger King added $15m to that figure.

Unsurprisingly, Pacquiao also benefited from the big fight to stand second in the earnings list with $160m.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was third with earnings of $79.6m, taking in more than $50m a year in salary and bonuses, ahead of his great Barcelona rival Lionel Messi with $73.8m.

Roger Federer is fifth with earnings of $67m, including $58m from sponsors, exhibitions and appearance fees. Another tennis player, Maria Sharapova, is the top-ranked women at No26 with earnings of $29.7m.

Despite his declining form, Tiger Woods hangs in at nine on $50.6m, with Rory McIlroy at 12 with $48.3m.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 14th ($39.1m), Lewis Hamilton 15th ($39m) and Gareth Bale 18th ($35m). Wayne Rooney is down in 34th with $26.9m and Radamel Falcao 38th with $25.9m.

The top ten

1 Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) $300m

2 Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) $160m

3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) $79.6m

4 Lionel Messi (Football) $73.8m

5 Roger Federer (Tennis) $67m

6 LeBron James (Basketball) $64.8m

7 Kevin Durant (Basketball) $54.1m

8 Phil Mickelson (Golf) $50.8.

9 Tiger Woods (Golf) $50.6m

10 Kobe Bryant (Basketball) $49.5m


12 Rory McIlroy (Golf) $48.3m

14 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Football) $39.1m

15 Lewis Hamilton (Motor racing) $39m

18 Gareth Bale (Football) $35m

23= Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Cricket) $31m

23= Neymar (Football) $31m

26 Maria Sharapova (Tennis) $29.7m

34 Wayne Rooney (Football) $26.9m

38 Radamel Falcao (Football) $25.9m

47 Serena Williams (Tennis) $24.6m

63 Wladimir Klitschko (Boxing) $22.5m

64 Andy Murray (Tennis) $22.3m

73= Usain Bolt (Athletics) $21m

73= Luis Suárez (Football) $21m

79 Cesc Fàbregas (Football) $20.3m

82 Justin Rose (Golf) $20.2m

83 Yaya Touré (Football) $20m

87 Frank Lampard (Football) $19.7m

90 Eden Hazard (Football) $19.6m

93 Mesut Özil (Football) $19.3m

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