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Manny Pacquiao joins Floyd Mayweather, exits Top sports earners

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has joined their old rival, Floyd Mayweather, in dropping off the Forbes Money List for the Top 100 Athletes in 2020.

Last year, the ‘Pacman’ slipped to 92 on the annual rankings as his career began winding down. Since then, and despite beating Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao doesn’t even make the compilation.

Earning $26 million last year, the Filipino Senator could not garner enough cash to squeeze into the Highest-Paid sports stars.

Mayweather left the honor roll in 2019 as Pacquiao’s earning power began to wane. Floyd has only appeared on the list once in the last four years.

Floyd Mayweather

Despite that, Floyd Mayweather was named by Forbes as the Highest-Paid Athlete of the Decade on an impressive $915 million.

In 2015, when the pair finally faced each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather vs Pacquiao broke box office records.

Sales of 4.6 million Pay-Per-View’s skyrocketed the welterweight stars to numbers one and two, respectively.

Mayweather came top on an unreal $300 million. Pacquiao earned $160 million for his part thanks to the May 2 extravaganza.

Third-placed Cristiano Ronaldo was over $80 million behind Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as the sport took center stage.

Only four boxers made the 2020 register, though, with Tyson Fury leading the way. The WBC heavyweight champion was ten million ahead of British rival Anthony Joshua on $57 million.

Deontay Wilder was a mere half a million behind AJ. While Canelo Alvarez, who took 4th place in 2019 on $94 million, dropped to number 30 this time around.

The current pandemic and lack of live-action have hit many sportspeople hard. Earnings were down across the board as Roger Federer was one of only three to take home more than $100 million.


#1 Roger Federer
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo
#3 Lionel Messi
#4 Neymar
#5 LeBron James
#6 Stephen Curry
#7 Kevin Durant
#8 Tiger Woods
#9 Kirk Cousins
#10 Carson Wentz


#11 Tyson Fury – $57 million
#19 Anthony Joshua $47 million
#20 Deontay Wilder $46.5 million
#30 Canelo Alvarez $37 million


#21 Tom Brady
#25 Phil Mickelson
#29 Naomi Osaka
#32 Sebastian Vettel
#33 Serena Williams
#34 Mohamed Salah
#45 Aaron Rodgers
#97 Cam Newton

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