THE WORLD’S 100 RICH­EST ATH­LETES

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“Money” May­weather tops the list, but the other 99 play­ers aren’t do­ing so badly, ei­ther.

THE 100 high­est-paid ath­letes banked $3.2 bil­lion over the past 12 months, up 17% from the prior year. A box­ing match for the ages (if not in the ring, at least for the bean coun­ters) fu­eled most of the gains when Floyd May­weather and Manny Pac­quiao squared of May 2 in a bout that gen­er­ated $600 mil­lion in rev­enue—the rich­est night in sports history.

The box­ers ul­ti­mately earned $300 mil­lion (May­weather) and $160 mil­lion (Pac­quiao) over the past year from purses and en­dorse­ments, shat­ter­ing the old record for ath­lete earn­ings: Tiger Woods’ $115 mil­lion in 2008.

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