Mayweather, Pacquiao: 1 – 2 in earnings

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao ranks No. 2 behind Floyd Mayweather as the world’s highest paid athlete, according to Forbes Magazine.

The Filipino boxing icon earned a total of $62 million, with $56 million in salaries and winnings and $6 million in endorsements.

Mayweather, who now calls himself, “Money,” had $85 million, all in salaries and winnings after his mega-bouts with Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto.

The online boxing magazine, BoxingScene, said that Pacquiao, who has generated at least one million pay-per-view buys in each of his last five fights, has extended his endorsement reach.

In addition to Nike and Hewlett-Packard, Pacquiao now endorses Monster Energy and Hennessy, BoxingScene said.

Pacquiao was on the short end of a wildly controversial split decision in his June 9 bout against Tim Bradley, his first loss in seven years.

His earnings do not include his salaries as representative of Saranggani in the Philippine House of Representatives and proceeds from his business and other ventures in his home country.

Mayweather and Pacquiao dislodged Tiger Woods as the highest paid international athlete.

Woods, who bombed out in the recent US Open despite leading after the second round, had total earnings of $59.4 million, with $4.4 million in salaries and winnings and $55 million in endorsements.

He broke a 30-month winless streak on the PGA Tour when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. His income is down, as sponsors like Tag Heuer and Gillette failed to renew their endorsement deals with Woods.

Woods’ golf course-design business is also on the ropes. But he remains one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, thanks to his Nike deal. He has won more than $100 million in prize money worldwide during his career.

No. 4 on the Forbes list is LeBron James (Total earnings: $53 million
Salary/winnings: $13 million. Endorsements: $40 million). No 5 is Roger Federer (Total earnings: $52.7 million. Salary/winnings: $7.7 million. Endorsements: $45 million).

Rounding out the Top 10 are Kobe Bryant (No. 6 – $52.3 million total earnings), Phil Michelson (No. 7 – $47.8 million total earnings), David Beckham (No. 8 – $46 million total earnings), Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 9 – $42.5 million), and Peyton Manning (No. 10 – $42.4 million).

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