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Floyd Mayweather Regains Title As Top Earning Professional Athlete


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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