Manny Pacquiao is ranked No. 2 in this year’s Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes. The Filipino boxer surprisingly outranked soccer players Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and basketball stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
The biggest reason Pacquiao ranked second is the “Fight of the Century” in which he pocketed a whopping $148 million. Pacquiao’s earnings, according to Forbes is totalled at $160 million, $12 million comes from endorsements.
Who is then the No. 1? If Pacquiao is the No. 2, then his rival in that fight is the No. 1, no other than Floyd Mayweather Jr, who earned $300 million, that is a lifetime for others, $285 million was earned in the fight against Pacquiao and $15 million in endorsements.
Ronaldo comes third this year with $79.6 million, 52.6 is salary and $27 is endorsements. Messi is ranked No. 3 with 73.8 million, $51.8 million salary and $22 million endorsements. Tennis star Roger Federer comes fifth with $67 million, $9 on winnings and $58 million on endorsements.
The best basketball player in the world James wracked $64.8 million, $20.8 million is salary and $44 million is endorsements. Kevin Durant is No. 7 with $54.1 million while golfers Phil Mickelson and Tigers Woods are at No. 8 and No. 9 respectively. Kobe Bryant is at No. 10 with $49.5 million.