No women make Forbes highest-paid Athletes list; Floyd Mayweather tops list

No women make Forbes highest-paid Athletes list; Floyd Mayweather tops list

No women make Forbes highest-paid Athletes list; Floyd Mayweather tops list

Even so, Forbes reported that Williams earned an estimated $18 million a year ago because of deals with the likes of Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Gatorade and others.

"Congrats To All Of The Athletes Who Made The Forbes List", Mayweather wrote on Instagram following the release of the highest-paid athlete's list.

Note: Forbes' earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018.

Tennis star Serena Williams, who a year ago was the only woman to feature on the list at 51st place with earnings of $36 million, dropped out of the rankings after taking a break from the sport due to the birth of her daughter.

McGregor definitely made a huge jump after coming in at No. 24 previous year, after he reportedly earned $34 million following a pair of lucrative fights against Nate Diaz as well as his championship win over Eddie Alvarez in 2016.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather reclaimed his place at the top of Forbes' annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. after defeating Conor McGregor in their super welterweight fight at T-Mobile Arena, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. Five golfers, four boxers and four tennis players also made the list.

NBA star LeBron James is the highest-paid basketball player to feature on the list, coming in at sixth rank with total earnings of $112 million, just ahead of Roger Federer, who earned $102 million.

The top 100 athletes earned a total of US$3.8bn, up 23% from a year ago, Forbes said.

"But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24bn TV contract". There are 22 different countries represented in the top 100.

The top 100 has an worldwide flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football.

Forbes said it was harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up Dollars 1.5 million to USD 22.9 million.

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