THE WORLD’S 100 RICHEST ATHLETES
“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.