Pacquiao is world's 11th highest-paid athlete
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is No. 11 in the list of the world's highest-paid athletes according to Forbes magazine, after amassing total earnings of $41.8 million from boxing purses and endorsements.
Forbes based its list on endorsement income, prize money, and salary payments from June 1, 2013 until June 1, 2014.
The magazine said Pacquiao earned $41 million from his two fights against Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley, and $800,000 from endorsements.
"Both fights (against Rios and Bradley) were disappoints for the PPV (pay-per-view) buys, with the Rios fight in Macau generating 475,000 buys and the Bradley rematch netting less than 800,000," according to Forbes.
"Pacquiao still pocketed $41 million, including Philippine TV money, from the two bouts."
In 2013, Pacquiao was the 14th highest-paid athlete in the world. His highest ranking came in 2012, when he was the second highest-paid athlete in the world.
American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. topped the 2014 list, amassing $105 million in revenue after victories over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September 2013 and Marcos Maidana in May 2014.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo came in second ($80 million), followed by NBA superstar LeBron James of the Miami Heat ($72.3 million). Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ($64.7 million) and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant ($61.5 million) round out the top five.