New York: Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been named the world's highest-paid sportsman for the second year running after banking $300million (approximately Rs 1900 crore).
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According to figures released by Forbes, endorsements accounted for just $15m dollars (approx R95 crore) of his income, with the majority of the American's earnings coming from last month's super-fight against Manny Pacquiao.
That bout in Las Vegas accounted for most of the $460m dollars (approx R2900 crore) increase in earnings of the world's top 100 athletes in 2015, with Pacquiao's takings of $160m dollars (approx Rs 1020 crore) comfortably making him the second-highest earner.
Ronaldo pips Messi
Mayweather, former World No 1 Tiger Woods and now Pacquiao are the only athletes to earn nine-figure incomes in a single year. In third place was Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who may have lost out to Barcelona rival Lionel Messi on the field but his earnings of $79.6m (approx Rs 507 crore) were nearly six million more than Messi's.
Woods retained his place in the top-10 despite a dreadful year of injuries and loss of form thanks to his $50m (approx R319 crore) endorsements, compared to winnings of just $600,000 (approx Rs 3 crore).