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BOXING: Mayweather and Pacquiao top of world’s highest-paid athletes list

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:26 AM
This May 2 file photo shows Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr, embrace in the ring at the finish of their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are at the top of an annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes after their fight in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The much-anticipated welterweight title showdown between the pair is reported to have generated more than £322 million, with victor Mayweather taking half the pot.

Mayweather won the bout in a unanimous decision, confirming his place as one of boxing’s greats with a 48-0 record in his career.

Pacquiao is reported to have received just under £100 million, leaving the duo well clear of football’s top earners.

Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi is second on the list ESPN The Magazine’s annual list of the highest-paid pro athletes at £36 million.

He came out ahead of Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo at £32 million.

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel at £32 million completes the top five.