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World’s Highest Paid Athletes 2012

World’s Highest Paid Athletes 2012

Of all things interesting in sports, money making is one of them. In one’s opinion nowadays, the success of the athlete is measured not according to his win but also his fortune. Forbes, one of the most formidable organizations in the world released its 2012 list of top 100 highest paid athletes.

Surprisingly since 2001, new comers are outranking Tiger Woods which reigning most of the decade.

For his conquest and bouts, Floyd Mayweather is the top earner in this year’s top 10 list — with $85 million dollars earned from his last two fights. The People’s Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacqiuao, which on swamp controversy on his latest fight with Bradley is on the second place earning $62 million.

According to Forbes, the 100 highest earners made $2.6 billion collectively during the past 12 months.

  • 1 – Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

    AP ImagesTotal earnings: $85 million
    Salary/winnings: $85 million
    Endorsements: $0

  • 2 – Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

    YouTube via ibhof35Total earnings: $62 million
    Salary/winnings: $56 million
    Endorsements: $6 million

  • 3 – Tiger Woods

    APTotal earnings: $59.4 million
    Salary/winnings: $4.4 million
    Endorsements: $55 million

  • 4 – LeBron James

    APTotal earnings: $53 million
    Salary/winnings: $13 million
    Endorsements: $40 million

  • 5 – Roger Federer

    Wikimedia CommonsTotal earnings: $52.7 million
    Salary/winnings: $7.7 million
    Endorsements: $45 million

  • 6 – Kobe Bryant

    YouTubeTotal earnings: $52.3 million
    Salary/winnings: $20.3 million
    Endorsements: $32 million

  • 7 – Phil Mickelson

    Screenshot via ESPNTotal earnings: $47.8 million
    Salary/winnings: $4.8 million
    Endorsements: $43 million

  • 8 – David Beckham

    Wikimedia CommonsTotal earnings: $46 million
    Salary/winnings: $9 million
    Endorsements: $37 million

  • 9 – Cristiano Ronaldo

    YouTubeTotal earnings: $42.5 million
    Salary/winnings: $20.5 million
    Endorsements: $22 million

  • 10 – Peyton Manning

    APTotal earnings: $42.4 million
    Salary/winnings: $32.4 million
    Endorsements: $10 million

[Reference/Source: Mayweather Tops List Of The World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes]

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