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Floyd Mayweather Regains Title As Top Earning Professional Athlete

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Floyd Mayweather Regains Title As Top Earning Professional Athlete

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is back on top of Forbes list of top-earning athletes for 2017.

Mayweather leads the world’s highest-paid athletes for the fourth time in seven years, thanks in part to the $275 million he made for his August 2017 boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor. With McGregor earning a nice $85 million, the two fighters battled it out in an entertaining 10-round battle where viewers from all across the world tuned in to watch Mayweather seal the deal on his 50-0 boxing career.

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The fight brought in an astounding 4.3 million pay-per-view buyers which helped the fight generate more than $550 million in total revenue. However, not only did Money Mayweather make big bucks from his fight with McGregor, the former boxer turned boxing promoter also made another $10 million outside the ring from scheduled appearances, memorabilia, and endorsements with Hublot and Tequila Avion. Mayweather made a total of $285 million in 2017. He joins the ranks of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods as the only athletes to earn $1 billion since turning pro.

McGregor’s $99 million in total earnings ranks him fourth among all athletes with Lionel Messi bringing in $111 million, including $27 million through endorsement deals with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, and Huawei. Neymar came in fifth with an income of $90 million, including $19 million from endorsement partners.

Serena Williams was the only women to make the top 100 last year. However, her prize money dropped from $8 million to $62,000 after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in September. Williams still made money from more than a dozen current endorsement deals including Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats. The 23-time Grand Slam champ earned $18 million over the last 12 months.

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