Forbes Magazine’s annual tally of the highest paid athletes was recently released for 2014, and some may be surprised at the athlete grabbing the number one spot.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather earned a whopping $105 million for just 72 minutes of work in the ring for fights against Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. The Mayweather-Canelo fight, which was billed as “The One” set records for highest PPV gross ($150 million), live gate ($20 million) and total revenue (roughly $200 million). Mayweather is only the second athlete after Tiger Woods to break the $100 million earnings mark.
As the most popular boxer in the world, Mayweather has been earning multi-million checks for his fights for more than a decade. His 2007 bout against Oscar De La Hoya is the most watched fight in the history of boxing pay-per-view events. Mayweather’s $400 million total earnings are due in part to the fact that he’s a fight promoter as well as an athlete.
Other high-earning athletes in 2014 include Christiano Ronaldo ($80 million) and LeBron James ($72.3 million).