Pacquiao among top earning int'l athletes

Posted at 07/17/12 5:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fight king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is included in Sports Illustrated's (SI) "International 20," a list of the highest earning international athletes for the past year.

Pacquiao ranked No. 6 after raking in $39 million in total earnings. 

The SI list did not include Pacquiao's purse from his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley last June 9, as it only counted boxing purses from June 2011 to May 2012.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s rival, unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., lived up to his "Money" moniker by topping SI's "Fortunate 50" list, a different list that tracks the highest-earning athletes in the United States.

Mayweather topped the list after earning $85 million last year. 

"It's hard to decide which fact is more impressive: that Mayweather needed just two paydays to make it to the top, or that he did it without any endorsement income," SI wrote.

"Mayweather's wins over Victor Ortiz in September 2011 and Miguel Cotto in May 2012, brought him $40-M and $45-M, respectively – including his cut of the pay-per-view receipts," it added.

Mayweather is currently serving an 87-day jail sentence for a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge. The unbeaten boxer, who last year did not make the "Fortunate 50," is also the world’s highest paid athlete, according to Forbes.

Pacquiao is No. 2 in Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes in 2012.

It was the first time in the history of the "Fortunate 50" that golfer Tiger Woods did not occupy the top spot. Woods is ranked No. 3 this year with a total of $56,440,238 in 2012 earnings.

One of his golfing rivals, Phil Mickelson, is at No. 2 with a total earnings of $60,763,488.

NBA superstars Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Miami Heat round out the top five.

The "International 20" list, meanwhile, was topped by tennis superstar and world No. 1 Roger Federer, his fourth straight year at the top.

The Swiss maestro earned $51.4 million in 2012. Football superstar David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy was second, with $46 million.

Footballers Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso completed the top five.

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