Top 15 Highest-Paid Sport Personalities 2015

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.
(IN PHOTO) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. poses with his title belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. Reuters

Forbes has just released its annual list of highest-paid sport personalities for 2015. Here, we round up the top 15 highest-earning sportsmen from Forbes’ rich list, which is dominated by Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, and National Football League’s stars. Athletes from various sport disciplines are included in the list - boxing (three), soccer (15), tennis (seven), basketball (18), golf (six), football (16), racing (6), baseball (27), cricket (one) and track and field (one).

Mayweather and Pacquiao Top List

The much-anticipated super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which is said to have generated $600 million worth of revenue, has pushed both welterweight legends into the top of Forbes’ highest-paid sport personalities. Mayweather and Pacquiao have earnings worth $300 million and $160 million, respectively.

This is the second year that Mayweather has topped the list. Pacquiao, on the other hand, leaped nine places up to the second spot in this year’s list. Pacquiao was the 11th highest-paid sport personality in 2014.

Only three boxers have made it to the list. The third boxer is Wladimir Klitschko with earnings of $63 million. He is at the 63rd spot.

Only Two Female Athlete Made The List

Only two women have made the list. Tennis champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are the only female athletes who made the cut in this year’s Forbes’ highest-paid sport personalities. Sharapova is at the 26th place with $29.7 million total earnings. Serena is at the 47th place with $24.6 million total earnings.

Roger Federer is the highest-paid tennis athlete in the list with $67 million. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal is at the 13th and 22nd places with $48.2 million and $32.5 million, respectively. Andy Murray’s $22.3 million earnings has secured him a 64th place while Japan’s Kei Nishikori’s $19.5 million earnings has got him to the 92nd spot in the list.

Highest-Paid British Sports Personality

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who won two majors in the last 12 months, is at the 12th spot with $48.3 million to make him the highest-paid British athlete. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is the second highest-paid British athlete at the 15th place with $39 million. They beat the highest-earning British footballer Gareth Bale, who is at the 18th spot with $35 million.

Top 15 Highest-Paid Athletes (Salary/Winnings)           

1. Floyd Mayweather           ($300 M)       

2. Manny Pacquiao ($160 M)          

3. Cristiano Ronaldo            ($79.6 M)       

4. Lionel Messi ($73.8 M)    

5. Roger Federer ($67 M)

6. LeBron James ($64.8 M) 

7. Kevin Durant ($54.1 M)  

8. Phil Mickelson ($50.8 M)

9. Tiger Woods ($50.6 M)    

10. Kobe Bryant ($49.5 M)  

11. Ben Roethlisberger ($48.9 M)  

12. Rory McIlroy ($48.3 M) 

13. Novak Djokovic ($48.2 M)         

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($39.1 M)   

15. Lewis Hamilton ($39 M)            

Visit Forbes to see the full list.

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