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Floyd Named Highest-Paid Athlete, Again, By Forbes

BY The Sweet Science ON June 11, 2014
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FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER NAMED THIS YEAR'S HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETE BY FORBES

LAS VEGAS (June 11) - Boxing superstar and 11-time world champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather has once again been named the highest-paid athlete in sports by Forbes. Mayweather, who made $105 million net revenue in the September 2013 to 2014 calendar year, also topped the list in 2012 with $85 million, ousting Tiger Woods who had held the distinction from 2001-2011.

Mayweather's $105 million earnings follows two extremely successful fight promotions in the past year - his September 2013 pay-per-view revenue record-breaking bout against Canelo Alvarez and his most recent fight against Marcos Maidana this past May. Woods is the only other athlete that has earned over $100 million in a year's time, a feat that Mayweather achieved with no endorsements.

While this marks Mayweather's second time topping the Forbes list, he was named highest-paid athlete by Sports Illustrated in 2012 and 2013 as well as the highest-paid athlete by

ESPN The Magazine in 2012 and 2013.

"I'm humbled and extremely fortunate to be recognized by Forbes as the highest-paid athlete once again," said Mayweather. "I'm doing something that no other athlete is doing, promoting myself and seeing my hard work pay off in the form of record-breaking numbers. It's all about hard work and dedication which is so important and a key part of my financial success.

"I'm grateful for my family, team and fans. Being able to take care of my family is my number one priority and the level of success that I've achieved allows me to give them the best. I look forward to stepping into the ring in September and doing what I do best."

Click HERE to read the Forbes piece.

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SouthPawFlo says:

I think any comments about who Floyd Chooses to Fight, when he chooses to fight & how he chooses to fight, can all be quieted by this Accomplishment...


In a Supposedly Dying Sport, and with so many Naysayers & "2nd Guessers" this proves that if nothing else Floyd knows how to sell Boxing & keep the fans buying......

deepwater2 says:

Zzz zzz

There should be a new category for fight fans. A category for fans of bank accounts,Swiss bankers,so-called advisors, business deals , networking and contract demands

amayseng says:

Zzz zzz

There should be a new category for fight fans. A category for fans of bank accounts,Swiss bankers,so-called advisors, business deals , networking and contract demands


I agree, while watching some of my favorite fighters of all time, Hagler, Duran, Hearns, Tyson, Frazier, Mosley, DLH and the likes, never once did I feel empowered knowing these guys made millions or more than other fighters or whatnot.

I am happy to see that boxing is still very relevant, as limited as it may be mainstream, but at the same time I feel embarrassed to see so many suckers feeding Floyd that much money. Too many fighters pour their hearts and souls into boxing and leave a piece of themselves they will never get back and barely make enough money to live on.

Radam G says:

I think any comments about who Floyd Chooses to Fight, when he chooses to fight & how he chooses to fight, can all be quieted by this Accomplishment...


In a Supposedly Dying Sport, and with so many Naysayers & "2nd Guessers" this proves that if nothing else Floyd knows how to sell Boxing & keep the fans buying......


Suckas are born every minute. And just because you hear some pundits saying that boxing is a "supposedly dying sport" doesn't make it so. "Naysayers and second guessers" have absolutely no hurt bitnezz cred whatsoever. A 104 years ago the biggest money making athlete was no than "Unforgivable Blackness" Jack Johnson.

Maybe it is something about athlete having bald heads, because the bald-headed ones through the ages have made a killing with moolah spilling.

Money May has done da do. Now the gig is up. He has had his run. I doubt that next year he will be number one. And then again he may. Because we are dealing and wheeling with "the theatre of the unexpected." Holla!

Skibbz says:

Zzz zzz

There should be a new category for fight fans. A category for fans of bank accounts,Swiss bankers,so-called advisors, business deals , networking and contract demands


It really doesn't bother me what a fighter makes, I'm happy as long as they earn their pay and their pay is worth the trials they go through. It's always interesting to hear how much the biggest guys make, and it's interesting to see how money is used as a bargaining tool etc but I agree, I care nothing for the dollar aspect of the sport I only love to watch them box or fight, nothing more and nothing less.

Sure I want to see my favourite boxers get paid and secure themselves a future on solid foundations, but I'm not going to be there with them on that yacht, I will be there roaring my support wen they're in the ring fighting for glory.

The Shadow says:

Zzz zzz

There should be a new category for fight fans. A category for fans of bank accounts,Swiss bankers,so-called advisors, business deals , networking and contract demands


It's kinda like other sports, new deals and contracts are news items. Like when a player signs with one team for max money, salary cap and so forth.

It's a part of the sport. And I know you have some interest in it, too. Because I remember you commenting on a sponsorship deal Top Rank made with PS4, labeling it a "power move" that was "good for boxing."

By extension, boxing getting headlines in a respected publications like Forbes is a good or even better thing, no?

Unlike a sponsorship agreement, ink in publications of that stature brings more attention to it, helps legitimize it commercially, attracts new eyeballs outside the boxing fan base. Perhaps it may even encourage athlete to take up boxing!

That has to be a good thing, wouldn't you agree?

deepwater2 says:

It's kinda like other sports, new deals and contracts are news items. Like when a player signs with one team for max money, salary caps and so forth.

It's a part of the sport. And I know you have some interest in it, too. Because I remember you commenting on a sponsorship deal Top Rank made with PS4, labeling it a "power move" that was "good for boxing."

By extension, boxing getting headlines in respected publications like Forbes is a good or even better thing, no?

Any fighter getting positive coverage in publications of that stature brings more attention to the sport, destigmatizes it, helps legitimize it commercially, and attracts new eyeballs outside the boxing fan base. Perhaps it may even encourage athlete to take up boxing!

That has to be a good thing, wouldn't you agree?


I think only Floyd and his business partners should care about Floyd's income. Its news but its boring. No one reading Forbes will become a boxing fan because of Floyd's reported income. Someone reading Forbes might put the magazine down for a minute when ESPN puts a highlight clip of Cotto beating up Sergio. Good fights bring in the new fans. The Top Rank -PS4 sponsorship deal is a good thing for boxing because it will put boxing on another platform. FM's paycheck is FM's paycheck, it really doesn't do much for boxing except for Floyd. Floyd also has no endorsements so that is not a good thing for boxing. Either way boxing is about good fights. At my usual lunchtime boxing chat , we talked Cotto and future fights, we compared him to other guys that moved up like Duran etc. No one cared to mention Floyd or his income and if someone brought it up ,it would of been quickly dismissed.

deepwater2 says:

It's kinda like other sports, new deals and contracts are news items. Like when a player signs with one team for max money, salary caps and so forth.

It's a part of the sport. And I know you have some interest in it, too. Because I remember you commenting on a sponsorship deal Top Rank made with PS4, labeling it a "power move" that was "good for boxing."

By extension, boxing getting headlines in respected publications like Forbes is a good or even better thing, no?

Any fighter getting positive coverage in publications of that stature brings more attention to the sport, destigmatizes it, helps legitimize it commercially, and attracts new eyeballs outside the boxing fan base. Perhaps it may even encourage athlete to take up boxing!

That has to be a good thing, wouldn't you agree?


I think only Floyd and his business partners should care about Floyd's income. Its news but its boring. No one reading Forbes will become a boxing fan because of Floyd's reported income. Someone reading Forbes might put the magazine down for a minute when ESPN puts a highlight clip of Cotto beating up Sergio. Good fights bring in the new fans. The Top Rank -PS4 sponsorship deal is a good thing for boxing because it will put boxing on another platform. FM's paycheck is FM's paycheck, it really doesn't do much for boxing except for Floyd. Floyd also has no endorsements so that is not a good thing for boxing. Either way boxing is about good fights. At my usual lunchtime boxing chat , we talked Cotto and future fights, we compared him to other guys that moved up like Duran etc. No one cared to mention Floyd or his income and if someone brought it up ,it would of been quickly dismissed.

Skibbz says:

I have to agree with D2 one thing that boxing has yet to really capitalise on is the gaming industry, and the internet. Other sports have licenses to print money thanks to the internet and the gaming industry, where as boxing is still lagging behind. Then again... How many young boxers spend hours sat in front of a tv mashing buttons till their thumbs are raw? Go and bruise those knuckles son!

The Commish says:

It does indeed make me proud that it's a fighter who heads Forbes list--again!--and not an athlete from another sport.

Yet, as proud as I am about that, it's embarrassing to watch a bunch of guys in the local gyms preparing for a July 18 date in Huntington, Long Island, knowing they are only going to earn $400, plus 10% of the tickets they sold, for the four-rounders they will be boxing in.

As for dedication and working hard, these guys have been doing it like this for years just like this. If they win, if they keep those bumps, cuts and bruises to a minimum, they can keep their dreams alive of being another $$$May, perhaps being called to earn another $400 plus 10% in another 2-3 months.

Trying to make your dreams come true in any walk of life is a tough thing to do.

Especially if you are a boxer.

-Randy G.

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