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The World's Top-Earning AthletesWho are the highest paid athletes? According to Forbes, Floyd Mayweather tops the list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world between 2011-2012,  losing out Tiger Woods who has been hailed by Forbes as the highest earning athlete from 2001-2011. Woods landed in the third rank with total earnings of $59.4 million. Mayweather got a huge payday amounting to a total of $85 million for his fights against Victor Ortiz with $40 million and Miguel Cotto with $45 million. He is part of the 4 biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events throughout the boxing history. He owns the Mayweather Promotions which he uses to promote his fight thereby increasing his earnings substantially.

The total earnings of the athletes are derived from their bonuses, salaries, appearance fees, prize money, endorsement and licensing from June 2011 to June 2012. According to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid athletes made a combined $2.6 billion in the past 12 months. The athlete’s agent’s fees and taxes were not deducted from their earnings.

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50 #1. Floyd Mayweather

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $85 millionSalary/winnings: $85 millionEndorsements: $0Sport: Boxing , Age: 35

49 #2. Manny Pacquaio

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $62 million Salary/winnings: $56 million Endorsements: $6 million (Monster Energy, Hennessy, Nike, Hewlett-Packard)Sport: Boxing , Age: 33

48 #3. Tiger Woods

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $59.4 millionSalary/winnings: $4.4 millionEndorsements: $55 million (Nike)Sport: Golf, Age: 36Net Worth: $500 million - As of September 2010, according to Forbes

47 #4. LeBron James

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $53 millionSalary/winnings: $13 millionEndorsements: $40 million ( Nike, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, State Farm and others)Sport: Basketball, Age: 27

46 #5. Roger Federer

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $52.7 millionSalary/winnings: $7.7 millionEndorsements: $45 million (Nike, Rolex, Wilson, Credit Suisse)Sport: Tennis, Age: 30

45 #6. Kobe Bryant

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $52.3 millionSalary/winnings: $20.3 millionEndorsements: $32 millionSport: Basketball, Age: 33

44 #7. Phil Mickelson

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $47.8 millionSalary/winnings: $4.8 millionEndorsements: $43 million (Callaway, Barclay's, KPMG, Exxon, Rolex, Amgen/Pfizer)Sport: Golf, Age: 41

43 #8. David Beckham

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $46 millionSalary/winnings: $9 millionEndorsements: $37 million (Burger King, Sainsbury's, Samsung)Net Worth: £160 million ($260m) - As of April 2012, according to the Sunday Times Rich ListSport: Football, Age:37

42 #9 Cristiano Ronaldo

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $42.5 millionSalary/winnings: $20.5 millionEndorsements: $22 million (Nike, Castrol, Konami and others)Sport: Football, Age: 27

41 #10 Peyton Manning

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $42.4 millionSalary/winnings: $32.4 millionEndorsements: $10 million (Reebok, Sony, Wheaties, DirecTV, Gatorade, Papa John's)Sport: Football (NFL)  , Age: 36

40 #11. Lionel Messi

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $39 millionSalary/winnings: $20 millionEndorsements: $19 million (PepsiCo, Herbalife, EA Sports, Cherry, Audemars Piguet, Dolce & Gabanna and others)Sport: Football, Age: 24

39 #12 Haloti Ngata

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $37.3 millionSalary/winnings: $37.1 millionEndorsements: $200,000Sport: Football (NFL)

38 #13 Larry Fitzgerald

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $36.8 millionSalary/winnings: $35.3 millionEndorsements: $1.5 million (Nike, EAS, University of Phoenix, AT&T and others)Sport: Football (NFL)

37 #14 Ndamukong Suh

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $36 millionSalary/winnings: $35.5 millionEndorsements: $500,000Sport: Football (NFL)

36 #15 Charles Johnson

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $34.4 millionSalary/winnings: $34.3 millionEndorsements: $100,000Sport: Football (NFL)

35 #16= Rafael Nadal

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $33.2 millionSalary/winnings: $8.2 millionEndorsements: $25 million ( Nike, Babolat, Kia Motors, Richard Mille and Bacardi)Sport: Tennis, Age: 26

34 #16= Mario Williams

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $33.2 millionSalary/winnings: $32.9 millionEndorsements: $250,000Sport: Football (NFL)

33 #18. Alex Rodriguez

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $33 millionSalary/winnings: $31 millionEndorsements: $2 million (Nike, Rawlings, Topps and Vita Coco)Sport: Baseball, Age: 36

32 #19 Fernando Alonso

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $32 millionSalary/winnings: $29 millionEndorsements: $3 millionSport: Race Car (Formula One)

31 #20= Valentino Rossi

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $30 millionSalary/winnings: $17 millionEndorsements: $13 millionSport: Motorcycle racing

30 #20= Michael Schumacher

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $30 millionSalary/winnings: $20 millionEndorsements: $10 millionSport: Race Car (Formula One)

29 #22 Darrelle Revis

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $28.3 millionSalary/winnings: $27 millionEndorsements: $1.3 million (Nike and Range Rover)Sport: Football (NFL)

28 #23 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $28.2 millionSalary/winnings: $13.2 millionEndorsements: $15 millionSport: Race Car

27 #24= Wladimir Klitschko

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $28 millionSalary/winnings: $24 millionEndorsements: $4 millionSport: Boxing

26 #24= Lewis Hamilton

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $28 millionSalary/winnings: $25 millionEndorsements: $3 million (Reebok)Sport: Race Car (Formula One)

25 #26 Maria Sharapova

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $27.9 millionSalary/winnings: $5.9 millionEndorsements: $22 millionSport: Tennis, Age: 25

24 #27 Sam Bradford

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $27.8 millionSalary/winnings: $26.8 millionEndorsements: $1 millionSport: Football (NFL)

23 #28. Tom Brady

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $27.1 millionSalary/winnings: $23.1 millionEndorsements: $4 millionSport: Football (NFL), Age: 34

22 #29 Joe Mauer

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $27 millionSalary/winnings: $23 millionEndorsements: $4 millionSport: Baseball

21 #30 Eli Manning

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $26.6 millionSalary/winnings: $18.6 millionEndorsements: $8 millionSport: Football (NFL)

20 #31 Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $26.5 millionSalary/winnings: $3.5 millionEndorsements: $23 millionSport: Cricket

19 #31 LaMarr Woodley

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $26.5 millionSalary/winnings: $26.3 millionEndorsements: $150,000Sport: Football (NFL)

18 #33 Dwight Howard

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $25.6 millionSalary/winnings: $14.6 millionEndorsements: $11 millionSport:  Basketball (NBA)

17 #34 Kevin Durant

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $25.5 millionSalary/winnings: $12.5 millionEndorsements: $13 millionSport:  Basketball (NBA)

16 #35 Dwyane Wade

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $24.7 millionSalary/winnings: $12.7 millionEndorsements: $12 millionSport:  Basketball (NBA)

15 #36 Derek Jeter

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $24.5 millionSalary/winnings: $15.5 millionEndorsements: $9 millionSport:  Baseball (MLB)

14 #37 Wayne Rooney

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $24.3 millionSalary/winnings: $17.8 millionEndorsements: $6.5 millionSport:  Football

13 #38 Mark Sanchez

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $24.2 millionSalary/winnings: $23.2 millionEndorsements: $1 millionSport: Football (NFL)

12 #39 Ichiro Suzuki

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $24 millionSalary/winnings: $17 millionEndorsements: $7 millionSport:  Baseball (MLB)

11 #40= CC Sabathia

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $23.8 millionSalary/winnings: $23 millionEndorsements: $800,000Sport:  Baseball (MLB)

10 #40= Johan Santana

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $23.8 millionSalary/winnings: $23.3 millionEndorsements: $500,000Sport:  Baseball (MLB)

9 #42 Jeff Gordon

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $23.6 millionSalary/winnings: $13.6 millionEndorsements: $10 millionSport:  Race Car

8 #43 Ben Roethlisberger

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $23.3 millionSalary/winnings: $22.3 millionEndorsements: $1 millionSport: Football (NFL)

7 #44 Carmelo Anthony

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22.9 millionSalary/winnings: $14.9 millionEndorsements: $8 millionSport:  Basketball (NBA)

6 #45 Mark Teixeira

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22.8 millionSalary/winnings: $22.5 millionEndorsements: $250,000Sports:  Baseball (MLB)

5 #46 Amar'e Stoudemire

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22.7 millionSalary/winnings: $14.7 millionEndorsements: $8 millionSport:  Basketball (NBA)

4 #47 Tony Stewart

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22.3 millionSalary/winnings: $15.3 millionEndorsements: $7 millionSport:  Race Car

3 #48 Luke Donald

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22.2 millionSalary/winnings: $13.2 millionEndorsements: $9 millionSport:  Golf

2 #49 Vernon Wells

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22.1 millionSalary/winnings: $22 millionEndorsements: $100,000 millionSport:  Baseball (MLB)

1 #50 Michael Vick

Total Earnings between June 2011 to June 2012: $22 millionSalary/winnings: $20 millionEndorsements: $2 millionSport: Football (NFL)

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