Thursday, 21 June 2012 00:00
MOSCOW - Forbes on Tuesday released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed “Money,” is in the top spot.
Mayweather, who made US$ 85 million for two fights last year, dethroned golf star Tiger Woods, who has held the top spot since 2001. The boxer is currently serving a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas for domestic battery.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao is second on the magazine’s list at US$ 62 million. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley earlier this month and they are set to fight a rematch in November.
Tiger Woods made US$ 59.4 million to place third. Miami Heat star LeBron James ranks fourth at US$ 53 million, the highest of 13 basketball players on the list.
Athletes from 11 different sports qualified for the top 100. Thirty American football players rank among the highest-paid athletes, which is more than any other sport.
Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova (US$ 27.9 million) comes in at No. 26, and Li Na (US$ 18.4 million) is at 81.
Sharapova “has long had a coveted portfolio of sponsors that now includes Nike, Head, Samsung, Tag Heuer and Evian. Sales for the Maria Sharapova Collection, her line of products at Nike subsidiary Cole Haan, doubled last year. Her ballet flat is the best selling female shoe for Cole Haan.
Sharapova has stepped up her play on the court over the past year and is now the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world. She completed a career Grand Slam with her French Open title and earned US$ 5.9 million in prize money over the past 12 months,” Forbes said.
by: PNA/RIA Novosti
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