Floyd Mayweather Jr. eclipses all other athletes in yearly earnings
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has lived up to his nickname again in 2013.
The boxer known as “Money” has made lots and lots of it -- an estimated $90 million -- so far this year. That’s way more than any other athlete in the U.S., or the entire world for that matter.
For the second year in a row, Mayweather tops Sports Illustrated’s list of the highest-earning American athletes. The rankings use estimates that combine salary, winnings and endorsements -- although Mayweather’s earnings come solely from his fight with Robert Guerrero earlier this month and his upcoming September bout with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Miami Heat star LeBron James is No. 2 with estimated earnings of $56 million, followed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ($47.8 million), the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant ($46.9 million) and golfer Tiger Woods ($40.8 million).
Former Galaxy star David Beckham tops the magazine’s international list at $48.3 million, almost all of which comes from endorsements.
Tennis standout Roger Federer dropped to No. 2 ($43.4 million) after four years atop the international ranking. He’s followed by Formula 1 racer Fernando Alonso ($42 million) and soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($35.3 million) and Lionel Messi ($35.1 million).
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