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Floyd Mayweather: Highest Paid Athlete in the U.S. - Again

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Boxing's WBC Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather, is the highest paid athlete the United States the second year in a row, according to Sports Illustrated. 'Money' is indeed the right moniker for the world's top fighter who earned a mind-blowing $90 Million in the last year.

Yes, that's $90 Million USD, 69,724,170 Euros and 58,796,640 British Pounds.

Even more incredible, none of it came from endorsements.


Moreover, its certainly not his activity level that has made him the highest paid athlete in the country. Floyd's earned that distinction despite fighting only once in each of the last three calendar years in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (although he is expected to fight again this year).

"I earn a lot of money but the money is not what motivates me," Mayweather said in a statement.

"I work very hard at my craft and appreciate all the fans that support my efforts by buying my fights. Being at the top of my sport for over a decade validates my willingness to train hard, fight hard and give everyone something to enjoy."

"It is a honor to be the highest paid athlete again this year but it is just a part of my love for the sport of boxing and what it has done for myself and my family."

The runner-up, the NBA's LeBron James, earned $56.5 Million in total, $17.5 Million of which was his salary and $39 Million of which came from endorsements.

So how did Mayweather surpass the NBA star by a whopping $33.5 Million?

Answer: The 'Money' man received what was then the highest "guaranteed" purse in the history of boxing, $32 Million USD, in his 2012 bout with Miguel Cotto. He is also a fight promoter via his company, Mayweather Promotions.

Earlier this month in what was another virtuoso performance, Mayweather cruised to a unanimous 12-round decision win over Robert Guerrero, improving his record to 44-0 - the longest unbeaten streak in boxing today. His guaranteed purse for that bout was also $32 Million and he will likely earn more based on PPV revenue.

Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME


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