Floyd Mayweather Reclaims the Top Spot on the List of Highest Paid Athletes – PRESS RELEASE
NEW YORK (June 5, 2018) – Forbes today released its annual ranking of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, who collectively earned $3.8 billion over the last 12 months, up 23% from last year’s earnings of $3.11 billion. Floyd Mayweather returns as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the fourth time in seven years, thanks to a $275 million payday for his August boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor. Mayweather unseats Cristiano Ronaldo, who held the crown the previous two years.
“Boxing’s biggest night of 2017 helped Mayweather and McGregor earn nearly $400 million combined,” said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media. “But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA’s $24 billion TV contract.”
Note: Conor McGregor, who earned a reported $85 million for the Mayweather fight, clocked in at #4, two spots ahead of LeBron James. Only three other boxers made the list of the highest 100 paid athletes for 2017: Canelo Alvarez (#15), Anthony Joshua (#25), and Gennady Golovkin (#72).
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