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Mayweather back on top of Forbes best paid list

  • Published at 12:28 pm June 6th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:28 pm June 6th, 2018

Boxer Floyd Mayweather reclaimed his place at the top of Forbes' annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes  but no woman featured on the list for the first time

American boxer Floyd Mayweather's blockbuster fight against Conor McGregor has pushed him back to the top of the Forbes list of best paid athletes for the fourth time in seven years.

Mayweather, who goes by the nickname 'Money', earned $275m from last year's fight against Irish Mixed Martial Arts champion McGregor, whose cut of the purse elevated him to fourth spot on the U.S. business magazine's list.

The fight pushed Mayweather's career earnings to $1b, joining American basketball great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have reached 10-figures in earnings, Forbes said.

Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who topped the rankings for the last two years, slipped to third in the standings behind his Argentine rival Lionel Messi.

Brazil's Neymar, who became the world's most expensive soccer player after his $260m move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain last August, was listed fifth.

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer, basketball players LeBron James and Stephen Curry and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford rounded out the top 10 of the 100 wealthy athletes.

There were no women in the list, with tennis icon Serena Williams, the sole female representative last year, having dropped out of the rankings after taking a break from the sport due to the birth of her daughter.

Top 10 (lists under athlete/nationality/sport/estimated earnings):

1. Floyd Mayweather (U.S.) Boxing $285m

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) Soccer $111m

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Soccer $108m

4. Conor McGregor (Ireland) MMA $99m

5. Neymar (Brazil)Soccer $90m

6. LeBron James (U.S.) Basketball $85.5m

7. Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis $77.2m

8. Stephen Curry (U.S.) Basketball $76.9m

9. Matt Ryan (U.S.) American football $67.3m

10. Matthew Stafford (U.S.) American football $59.5m

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