Pacquiao among highest-paid athletes of the decade – Forbes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26)— Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao isn’t done collecting awards even as the decade comes to a close.

This time around, he boasts of the accolade as one of the highest-paid athletes in the past ten years.

The boxer-turned-Senator landed at the 8th spot of Forbes’ richest athletes of the decade list after raking in $435 million (around ₱22 billion) from 2010 to 2019.

According to the international business magazine, Pacquiao’s 25 pay-per-view fights have generated 20 million buys, amounting to an estimated $1.3 billion (₱65.9 billion) in revenue.

Pacquiao, now 41, has had a noteworthy decade— both in the sports and political scenes.

The boxer, who won a Senate seat in 2016, recently captured the WBA super welterweight title after earning a split-decision victory against Keith Thurman.

Money for Mayweather

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. meanwhile topped the list after pocketing $915 million. Mayweather collected over $500 million for his 2015 and 2017 fights against Pacquiao and Conor McGregor, Forbes added.

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Football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi came in second and third after earning $800 million and $750 million, respectively.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took the fourth spot with $680 million earnings, followed by tennis legend Roger Federer with $640 million.

Here are the top ten highest-paid athletes of the decade, according to Forbes:

#1 Floyd Mayweather: $915 million

#2 Cristiano Ronaldo: $800 million

#3 Lionel Messi: $750 million

#4 LeBron James: $680 million

#5 Roger Federer: $640 million

#6 Tiger Woods: $615 million

#7 Phil Mickelson: $480 million

#8 Manny Pacquiao: $435 million

#9 Kevin Durant: $425 million

#10 Lewis Hamilton: $400 million