Hated by many, admired by others. The truth is that Floyd “Money” Mayweather, whether we like it or not, is at the top of Forbes list as the highest paid athlete in 2015. He continues to brag about his full bags of money as he poses for the media. But then, that is the Mayweather we all know and are accustomed to seeing.
His big event this year was May´s fight against Manny Pacquiao, which earned him a total of $300 million. This beats the record set by Tiger Woods earnings of $115 million in 2008.
Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after beating WBA interim champion Andre Berto, has an impressive record of 49-0. Floyd is now considered one of the best boxers of all time and the best of his generation.
His trophy stand includes 12 world titles plus being champion in 4 lineal weight classes. He has been Fighter of the Year for Ring Magazine twice (1998, 2007) and Boxing Fighters Association of America Fighter of the Year award in 2007 and 2013. To this, add Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
This is not the first time Mayweather has been on the top of Forbes list as he was there in 2014. That is right, this would be “Money’s” second year in a row topping the list of highest-paid athletes. He was also Sports Illustrated’s highest-paid athlete in 2012 and 2013.
Many sporting news that include ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports, and Sports Illustrated have regarded Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He retired as Lineal, WBC, WBA, and Ring Welterweight champion and Junior Middleweight champion. That is not counting a very thick wallet.