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|Floyd Mayweather Knocks Tiger Woods Off Thetop Of Forbes List by JimOvia: 6:06am On Jun 20, 2012|
Floyd Mayweather has overtaken Tiger Woods at the
top of Forbes magazine's list of the 100 highest-paid
sports personalities over the past year.
Boxer Mayweather, currently serving a three-month
jail sentence for domestic assault, made $85m
(£54.25m) - a figure bolstered by promoting his own
Golfing legend Woods dropped to third having
received $59.4m (£37.92m) with boxer Manny
Pacquiao rising to second on earnings of $62m
David Beckham is eighth on the list.
He is the highest paid footballer with earnings of $
Forbes list of highest paid sports stars
1 Floyd Mayweather $85m (£54.25m)
2 Manny Pacquiao $62m (£39.57m)
3 Tiger Woods $59.4m (£37.92m)
4 LeBron James $53m (£33.84m)
5 Roger Federer $52.7m (£33.64)
6 Kobe Bryant $52.3m (£33.38m)
7 Phil Mickelson $47.8m (£30.51m)
8 David Beckham $46m (£29.36m)
9 Cristiano Ronaldo $42.5m (£27.10m)
10 Peyton Manning $42.4m (£27.06m)
Surprisingly, Olympic champion and world record-
holding sprinter Usain Bolt, who is the most high-
profile star of London 2012, was only 63rd with $
20.3m (£12.96m) - just a quarter of Mayweather's
He also brought in less than half of golfer Phil
Mickelson's $47.8m (£30.51m).
Woods had topped the Forbes list since 2001 but saw
a drop in his earnings of $16m (£10.21m) from the
previous year and was down by half from his peak in
He has suffered a tail off in endorsements since then
as a result of being embroiled in a sex scandal.
Miami Heat star LeBron James ranks fourth at $53m
(£33.84m), the highest of 13 basketball players and
on the list. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was fifth
at $52.7m (£33.64m).
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo earned $42.5m
(£27.10m) and can lay claim to the top annual salary
of any athlete in any league at $20m (£12.75m).
Only two women made it on to the list - Russian
tennis player Maria Sharapova was 26th at $27.9m
(£17.79m), thanks in great measure to huge global
endorsement totals, as well as $5.9m (£3.76m) in
prize money over the past year.
China's 2011 French Open champion Li Na was 81st
overall at $18.4m (£11.72m), after becoming the
first Asian-born player to win a Grand Slam singles
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