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According to Forbes

1. Floyd Mayweather (boxing): $85m salary/winnings

2. Manny Pacquiao (boxing): $56m salary/winnings, $6m endorsements = $62m total

3. Tiger Woods (golf): $4.4m salary/winnings, $55m endorsements = $59.4m total

4. LeBron James (basketball): $13m salary/winnings, $40m endorsements = $53m total

5. Roger Federer (tennis): $7.7m salary/winnings, $45m endorsements = $52.7m total

6. Kobe Bryant (basketball): $20.3m salary/winnings, $32m endorsements = $52.3m total

7. Phil Mickelson (golf): $4.8m salary/winnings, $43m endorsements = $47.8m total

8. David Beckham (football): $9m salary/winnings, $37m endorsements = $46m total

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (football): $20.5m salary/winnings, $22m endorsements = $42.5m total

10. Peyton Manning (gridiron): $32.4m salary/winnings, $10m endorsements = $42.4m total

11. Lionel Messi (football): $20m salary/winnings, $19m endorsements = $39m total

12. Haloti Ngata (gridiron): $37.1 m salary/winnings, $200k endorsements = $37.3m total

13. Larry Fitzgerald (gridiron): $35.3m salary/winnings, $1.5m endorsements = $36.8m total

14. Ndamukong Suh (gridiron): $35.5m salary/winnings, $500k endorsements = $36m total

15. Charles Johnson (gridiron): $34.3m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $34.4m total

16. Rafael Nadal (tennis): $8.2m salary/winnings, $25m endorsements = $33.2m total

17. Mario Williams (gridiron): $32.9m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $33.2m total

18. Alex Rodriguez (baseball): $31m salary/winnings, $2m endorsements = $33m total

19. Fernando Alonso (F1): $29m salary/winnings, $3m endorsements = $32m total

20. Valentino Rossi (MotoGP): $17m salary/winnings, $13m endorsements = $30m total

21. Michael Schumacher (F1): $20m salary/winnings, $10m endorsements = $30m total

22. Darrelle Revis (gridiron): $27m salary/winnings, $1.3m endorsements = $28.3m total

23. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (NASCAR): $13.2m salary/winnings, $15m endorsements = $28.2m total

24. Wladimir Klitschko (boxing): $24m salary/winnings, $4m endorsements = $28m total

25. Lewis Hamilton (F1): $25m salary/winnings, $3m endorsements = $28m total

26. Maria Sharapova (tennis): $5.9m salary/winnings, $22m endorsements = $27.9m total

27. Sam Bradford (gridiron): $26.8m salary/winnings, $1m endorsements = $27.8m total

28. Tom Brady (gridiron): $23.1m salary/winnings, $4m endorsements = $27.1m total

29. Joe Mauer (baseball): $23m salary/winnings, $4m endorsements = $27m total

30. Eli Manning (gridiron): $18.6m salary/winnings, $8m endorsements = $26.6m total

31. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (cricket): $3.5m salary/winnings, $23m endorsements = $26.5m total

32. LaMarr Woodley (gridiron): $26.3m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $26.5m total

33. Dwight Howard (basketball): $14.6m salary/winnings, $11m endorsements = $25.6m total

34. Kevin Durant (basketball): $12.5m salary/winnings, $13m endorsements = $25.5m total

35. Dwayne Wade (basketball): $12.7m salary/winnings, $12m endorsements = $24.7m total

36. Derek Jeter (baseball): $15.5m salary/winnings, $9m endorsements = $24.5m total

37. Wayne Rooney (football): $17.8m salary/winnings, $6.5m endorsements = $24.3m total

38. Mark Sanchez (gridiron): $23.2m salary/winnings, $1m endorsements = $24.2m total

39. Ichiro Suzuki (baseball): $17m salary/winnings, $7m endorsements = $24m total

40. CC Sabathia (baseball): $23m salary/winnings, $800k endorsements = $23.8m total

41. Johan Santana (baseball): $23.3m salary/winnings, $500k endorsements = $23.8m total

42. Jeff Gordon (NASCAR): $13.6m salary/winnings, $10m endorsements = $23.6m total

43. Ben Roethlisberger* (gridiron): $22.3m salary/winnings, $1m endorsements = $23.3m total

44. Carmelo Anthony (basketball): $14.9m salary/winnings, $8m endorsements = $22.9m total

45. Mark Teixeira (baseball): $22.5m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $22.8m total

46. Amare Stoudemire (basketball): $14.7m salary/winnings, $8m endorsements = $22.7m total

47. Tony Stewart (NASCAR): $15.3m salary/winnings, $7m endorsements = $22.3m total

48. Luke Donald (golf): $13.2m salary/winnings, $9m endorsements = $22.2m total

49. Vernon Wells (baseball): $22m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $22.1m total

50. Michael Vick (gridiron): $20m salary/winnings, $2m endorsements = $22m total

51. Logan Mankins (gridiron): $21.8m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $21.9m total

52. Richard Seymour (gridiron): $21.6m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $21.9m total

53. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR): $14.5m salary/winnings, $7m endorsements = $21.5m total

54. Ryan Howard (baseball): $20m salary/winnings, $1.5m endorsements = $21.5m total

55. Adrian Peterson (gridiron): $20.5m salary/winnings, $1m endorsements = $21.5m total

56. Jon Beason (gridiron): $21.3m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $21.4m total

57. Kevin Garnett (basketball): $17.1m salary/winnings, $4m endorsements = $21.1m total

58. Matthew Stafford (gridiron): $19.9m salary/winnings, $1m endorsements = $20.9m total

59. Miguel Cabrera (baseball): $20.6m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $20.8m total

60. Kaka (football): $14.3m salary/winnings, $6.5m endorsements = $20.8m total

61. Roy Halladay (baseball): $20.1m salary/winnings, $500k endorsements = $20.6m total

62. Novak Djokovic (tennis): $11.6m salary/winnings, $9m endorsements = $20.6m total

63. Usain Bolt (athletics): $300k salary/winnings, $20m endorsements = $20.3m total

64. D'Brickashaw Ferguson (gridiron): $20.1m salary/winnings, $200k endorsements = $20.3m total

65. Sergio Aguero (football): $16.6m salary/winnings, $3.5m endorsements = $20.1m total

66. DeAngelo Williams (gridiron): $19.8m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $20.1m total

67. Joe Thomas (gridiron): $19.3m salary/winnings, $500k endorsements = $19.8m total

68. Fernando Torres (football): $16.6m salary/winnings, $3m endorsements = $19.6m total

69. Eric Berry (gridiron): $19.3m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $19.6m total

70. Prince Fielder (baseball): $19.3m salary/winnings, $300k endorsements = $19.6m total

71. Ryan Kalil (gridiron): $19.3m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $19.4m total

72. Chris Paul (basketball): $13.2m salary/winnings, $6m endorsements = $19.2m total

73. Yaya Toure (football): $16.6m salary/winnings, $2.5m endorsements = $19.1m total

74. Tim Duncan (basketball): $17.1m salary/winnings, $2m endorsements = $19.1m total

75. Miguel Cotto (boxing): $19m salary/winnings

76. Barry Zito (baseball): $18.8m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $19m total

77. Robert Mathis (gridiron): $18.6m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $18.8m total

78. Carlos Lee (baseball): $18.5m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $18.6m total

79. Sachin Tendulkar (cricket): $2.1m salary/winnings, $16.5m endorsements = $18.6m total

80. Lawrence Timmons (gridiron): $18.4m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $18.6m total

81. Li Na (tennis): $1.4m salary/winnings, $17m endorsements = $18.4m total

82. Alfonso Soriano (baseball): $18m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $18.3m total

83. Torii Hunter (baseball): $18m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $18.3m total

84. Deron Williams (basketball): $16.2m salary/winnings, $2m endorsements = $18.2m total

85. Jonathan Joseph (gridiron): $18m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $18.1m total

86. Darnell Dockett (gridiron): $17.9m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $18m total

87. Matt Holliday (baseball): $17.3m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $17.6m total

88. Rashard Lewis (basketball): $17m salary/winnings, $500k endorsements = $17.5m total

89. Justin Verlander (baseball): $17m salary/winnings, $500k endorsements = $17.5m total

90. John Terry (football): $12.5m salary/winnings, $5m endorsements = $17.5m total

91. Carlos Zambrano (baseball): $17.3m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $17.4m total

92. Albert Pujols (baseball): $14.4m salary/winnings, $3m endorsements = $17.4m total

93. Ernie Els (golf): $1.4m salary/winnings, $16m endorsements = $17.4m total

94. Rory McIlroy (golf): $10.4m salary/winnings, $7m endorsements = $17.4m total

95. Pau Gasol (basketball): $14.7m salary/winnings, $2.5m endorsements = $17.2m total

96. Russell Okung (gridiron): $16.8m salary/winnings, $250k endorsements = $17.1m total

97. Steven Gerrard (football): $12.5m salary/winnings, $4.5m endorsements = $17m total

98. Carl Crawford (baseball): $16.8m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $17m total

99. Rolando McClain (gridiron): $16.5m salary/winnings, $150k endorsements = $16.7m total

100. Jake Peavy (baseball): $16.5m salary/winnings, $100k endorsements = $16.6m total

*: or is that "Woerthlisrapistberger"?

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I suspect Levi has diplomatically changed "football" to "gridiron" and "soccer" to "football" in deference to the sensibilities of us British readers.

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mayweather doesnt have any endorsements?

Outside of his sponsors for fights, nope.

Who would actually want mayweather as the face of their brand? The guy has made his millions by making people hate him.

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And by being really really really good at boxing!

Well, that alone doesn't get you the kind of money his fights bring in.

The main reason his ppvs have so many buys are because there's a ton of people that just want to see him get knocked out. If he was a clean cut guy he wouldn't be making the money he is.

There's been plenty of people really really really good at boxing that just can't make anywhere near the same money as Mayweather does. Even Pacquiao isn't on anywhere near the same level when it comes to ppv buys.

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The main reason his ppvs have so many buys are because there's a ton of people that just want to see him get knocked out.

...and he keeps winning. If he didn't have his 'Oh' a lot of people wouldn't tune in.

There's been plenty of people really really really good at boxing that just can't make anywhere near the same money as Mayweather does. Even Pacquiao isn't on anywhere near the same level when it comes to ppv buys.

There are also plenty of pro boxers who are even more despicable than FMJ who can't back up their shitty actions with wins so can't cultivate the distaste people have for them.

IMO his earnings are based about half on his skill/record and half people's hate of him. Without the hate he'd make half as much but without the skill (even if he only had a little less) he'd make a lot less than half (again IMO).

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