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Mayweather tops list for highest paid athletes

Floyd Mayweather blows away the competition as Forbes highest paid athlete for the third time in the last four years.

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'Money' is clearly the appropriate pseudonym for Floyd Mayweather who once again tops the Forbes list for highest paid athletes. Floyd Mayweather is estimated by Forbes to have pocketed a paltry $300M within the last year to make him the landslide breadwinner amongst active athletes.

It shouldn't be a surprise that the vast majority of this money was earned during last month's Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, a fight where Floyd is now estimated to have earned a total of $240M. Add in $15M in endorsements by Burger King, Hublot, FanDuel and his purse from the second Maidana fight and, well, let's just say Floyd needs a vault the size of Scrooge McDuck's.

Mayweather's $300M year smashes previous record holder Tiger Woods who earned $115M in 2008. But Floyd wasn't the only one who made out like a bandit last month. Manny Pacquiao's purse put him at the number two spot for highest paid athletes with earnings of $160M ($125M coming from May-Pac). Here's the full list of the top 10:

1) Floyd Mayweather - $300M

2) Manny Pacquiao - $160M

3) Cristiano Ronaldo - $79.6M

4) Lionel Messi - $73.8M

5) Roger Federer - $67M

6) LeBron James - $64.8M

7) Kevin Durant - $54.1M

8) Phil Mickelson - $50.8M

9) Tiger Woods - $50.6M

10) Kobe Bryant - $49.5M

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