Floyd Mayweather's Year: $300M

Boxer shatters record for best-paid year for a jock
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2015 2:46 PM CDT
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles during halftime of Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – We knew Floyd Mayweather made a lot of money in his May 2 bout against Manny Pacquiao, but it turns out that payday helped him make the man who's been the world's highest-paid athlete for 12 of the years since 2001 look like he belongs in coach: As Forbes reports, by the time everything is said and done Mayweather pocketed about $240 million from the Pacquiao fight for a total of $285 million for two fights in the past year. Toss in $15 million in endorsement deals and Mayweather had a record-shattering $300 million year.

Tiger Woods, the previous record holder, had his best year in 2008, when he pulled down $115 million ($125 million, adjusted for inflation, Forbes notes). Even Pacquiao, ostensibly the loser, came away with a staggering $125 million from the fight. (Pacquiao, meanwhile, is getting sued by "cheated" fans.)

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