Mayweather, Pacquiao overhaul superstar celebrities on Forbes list

Sports – boxing to be exact – took the first and second spots on the list of highest-paid celebrities compiled and released by Forbes.

Fresh from their landmark megafight in Las Vegas last May 2, Floyd Mayweather was listed with earnings reaching $300 million, while Pacquiao came in a far second with $160 million.

A distant third is singer Katy Perry, who earned $135 million from June 1, 2014 until June 1, 2015.

The May 2 fight shattered several records, including pay-per-view (4.4 million buys at $100) and gate attendance ($73 million-plus) and international broadcast rights and sponsorships.

Mayweather’s whopping $300 million, and even Pacquiao’s current stash, are far greater than the previous $115 million earned by Tiger Woods in 2008 in the athletes’ category.

British boy band One Direction, which staged a concert in Manila last March, took $130 million for fourth place, while TV personality Howard Stern got $95 million for fifth.

Making up sixth to tenth are singer Garth Brooks ($90 million), author James Patterson ($89 million), singer Taylor Swift ($80 million), actor Robert Downey Jr. ($80 million) and football idol Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.5 million).

The Forbes classified the list as those from the world of sports, TV, music and books.

Mayweather is expected to laugh all the way to the bank again in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when he returns to the ring against a foe yet to be named.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, will sit it out the rest of the year owing to a shoulder injury and should be back in action in mid-2016.

Included in the $160 million are Pacquiao’s purse from the Chris Algieri fight last year in Macau ($23 million) and salary from his endorsements in the US and the Philippines.

The $300 million of Mayweather also includes his rematch with Argentina’s Marcos Maidana last year plus his endorsements as well.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks