Mayweather is 7th most powerful celebrity


Posted at Jul 01 2014 05:27 PM | Updated as of Jul 02 2014 01:27 AM

Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the seventh most powerful celebrity in the world for 2014, according to Forbes, and second among athletes after NBA superstar LeBron James.

Mayweather, the world's highest paid athlete, is only outranked by Beyonce, James, Dr. Dre, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, and Jay-Z in the list.

"The boxing universe revolves around Mayweather, and that was never more apparent that last year," wrote Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen. "He earned $105 million over the past 12 months thanks to a pair of fights against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Marcos Maidana."

"Mayweather is the first athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100 million in Forbes' annual tally of highest-paid athletes" according to the magazine.

"His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest PPV gross ($150 million), live gate ($20 million), and total revenue (roughly $200 million). The Canelo fight marked the second bout in the blockbuster 30-month, six-fight deal he signed with Showtime in 2013."

Forbes noted that Mayweather was also guaranteed $32 million for his May fight against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.

Two-time NBA champion James is the most powerful athlete in the world, and is second among all celebrities after Beyonce.

"James' power across the sporting landscape is unquestioned," wrote Badenhausen. "No individual athlete in major team sports has wielded such influence since Michael Jordan roamed the courts more than a decade ago."

Badenhausen notes that James had "shifted the balance of power in the NBA" when he took his talents to South Beach and decided to play for the Miami Heat in 2010.

"James once again holds the future of the league in his hands as a free agent, with his plans to opt out of his current Miami Heat contract," he added.

Mayweather is the only boxer in the list.

Other athletes included are: Kobe Bryant (15), Roger Federer (16), Tiger Woods (21), Rafael Nadal (24), Cristiano Ronaldo (30), Kevin Durant (33), Peyton Manning (39), Novak Djokovic (43), Phil Mickelson (44), Lionel Messi (45), Dwyane Wade (55), Maria Sharapova (63), Serena Williams (69), and Li Na (85).