Mayweather tops list of highest paid American Athletes
May 16, 2013
Sports Illustrated released its list of highest paid American athletes for 2012 and Floyd Mayweather topped the list. Just working two nights to make the list, Mayweather made $85 million without any endorsement money.
Mayweather won by a big margin over Phil Mickelson ($60,763,488 with $57,000,000 in endorsement money) and Tiger Woods (($56,440,238 with $54,500,000 in endorsements). Kobe Bryant and LeBron James rounded out the top 5.
Mayweather made $40 million against Victor Ortiz in September 2011 and $45 million against Miguel Cotto in May 2012.
Manny Pacquiao was sixth on the list of highest paid international athletes with $39 million (no breakdown of endorsements). Tennis player Roger Federer topped the list for international athletes.
*Boxing purses were tabulated form June 2011 through May 2012 for this survey. Hence, the inclusion of the Ortiz fight.
Is it more impressive that Mayweather made $85 million in two nights or the fact he did this without any endorsement deals? Based on second and third on the American list, the endorsement revenue is huge for most athletes. Yet, its Mayweather’s unique business acumen in controlling virtually every aspect (and revenue stream) of the promotion and execution of his fights that allows him to make $85 million in just two fights. One might expect with his Showtime contract that he remains at the top of this list next year as well.