The 2013 best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather, is also the highest paid American athlete of all. He was in 2012, too, when he supplanted Tiger Woods – who was the highest paid eight years in a row 2004-2011, at the top.
“From just two bouts this year, one earlier this month and the other scheduled for September, [Mayweather] will earn at least $90 million, and that’s conservative; he could make as much as $128 million.”
No wonder his nickname is “Money.” What’s more, none of Mayweather’s earnings have so far (or perhaps will) come from endorsements.
The Top 20 richest American athletes in 2013 are listed below. They represent five sports: Baseball (7), Basketball (6), Football (4), Golf (2) and Boxing (1). Four of them aren’t even playing – Derrick Rose, Alex Rodriguez, Johan Santana and Kobe Bryant are all hurt right now and have/had injuries that are impacting/impacted their teams’ seasons.Follow @VinGetz
|ATHLETE||SPORT||TEAM||TOTAL EARNINGS (SALARY + ENDORSMENTS IN $)|
|1.||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||Boxing||N/A||90M|
|2.||LeBron James||Basketball||Miami Heat||56.5M|
|3.||Drew Brees||Football||New Orleans Saints||47.8M|
|4.||Kobe Bryant||Basketball||Los Angeles Lakers||46.9M|
|7.||Derrick Rose||Basketball||Chicago Bulls||33.4M|
|8.||Peyton Manning||Football||Denver Broncos||31M|
|9.||Alex Rodriguez||Baseball||New York Yankees||29.9M|
|10.||Zack Greinke||Baseball||Los Angeles Dodgers||29M|
|11.||Dwyane Wade||Basketball||Miami Heat||28.7M|
|12.||Kevin Durant||Basketball||Oklahoma City Thunder||27.7M|
|13.||Johan Santana||Baseball||New York Mets||26.3M|
|14.||Felix Hernandez||Baseball||Seattle Mariners||25.6M|
|15.||Vincent Jackson||Football||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25.3M|
|16.||Carmelo Anthony||Basketball||New York Knicks||25.3M|
|17.||Cliff Lee||Baseball||Philadelphia Phillies||25.28M|
|18.||Mario Williams||Football||Buffalo Bills||25.2M|
|19.||Derek Jeter||Baseball||New York Yankees||25.1M|
|20.||Joe Mauer||Baseball||Minnesota Twins||25M|
Happy Mother’s Day!
The rankings vary quite a bit. There are so many great athletes to choose from, and unlike the men whose greatest athletes usually represent just a handful of sports, the ladies’ greatest span 13 different games.
The ESPN rankings celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, so it’s a bit of a different look, making room for some of the better female athletes in recent times.
With more and more focus placed on women’s sports, the future looks bright. Hopefully we’ll enjoy the play of even greater women athletes as time rolls on.Follow @VinGetz
|SPORTS ILLUSTRATED||BLEACHER REPORT||ESPN (PAST 40 YEARS)|
|1.||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||TF||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||TF||Mia Hamm||WF|
|2.||Babe Didrikson Zaharias||G||Babe Didrikson Zaharias||G||Martina Navratilova||T|
|3.||Billie Jean King||T||Martina Navratilova||T||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||TF|
|4.||Sonja Henie||FS||Florence Griffith Joyner||TF||Annika Sorenstam||G|
|5.||Martina Navratilova||T||Mia Hamm||WF||Lisa Leslie||BB|
|6.||Chris Evert||T||Annika Sorenstam||G||Bonnie Blair||SS|
|7.||Bonnie Blair||SS||Bonnie Blair||SS||Chris Evert||T|
|8.||Wilma Rudolph||TF||Tracy Caulkins||SW||Nadia Comaneci||GY|
|9.||Nadia Comaneci||GY||Steffi Graf||T||Steffi Graf||T|
|10.||Tracy Caulkins||SW||Billie Jean King||T||Serena Williams||T|
|11.||Florence Griffith Joyner||TF||Lisa Leslie||BB||Billie Jean King||T|
|12.||Mia Hamm||WF||Joan Benoit Samuelson||DR||Florence Griffith Joyner||TF|
|13.||Nancy Lopez||Golf||Chris Evert||T||Cheryl Miller||BB|
|14.||Steffi Graf||T||Cheryl Miller||BB||Katarina Witt||FS|
|15.||Cheryl Miller||BB||Sheryl Swoopes||BB||Janet Evans||SW|
|16.||Margaret Court||T||Ann Meyers||BB||Sheryl Swoopes||BB|
|17.||Mary T. Meagher||SW||Julie Krone||J||Ann Meyers||BB|
|18.||Olga Korbut||GY||Serena Williams||T||Lisa Fernandez||SB|
|19.||Peggy Fleming||FS||Teresa Edwards||BB||Lindsey Vonn||AS|
|20.||Joan Benoit Samuelson||DR||Dara Torres||SW||Michelle Kwan||FS|
|TF = Track & Field|
|T = Tennis|
|FS = Figure Skating|
|SS = Speed Skating|
|GY = Gymnastics|
|SW = Swimming|
|BB = Basketball|
|WF = World Football|
|DR = Distance Running|
|G = Golf|
|J = Jockeying|
|SB = Softball|
|AS = Alpine Skiing|
Tim Tebow – a man with no team and maybe not even a sport – tops the list.
Tebow was the second most influential athlete of 2012, behind Jimmie Johnson.
The 2012 Summer Olympics pushed America’s greatest Olympian (Michael Phelps), the world’s fastest man (Usain Bolt) and America’s latest gymnastics sweetheart and gold-medal winner (Gabby Douglas) into the top 10.
Only four of the top 10 were on last year’s list: Tebow, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. All are American football players, demonstrating the reach of the sport that has become America’s Game.
LeBron James appears to have redeemed his image. He’s back to being influential again after the PR disaster that was “The Decision.” Winning a title sure helps.
This is (incredibly) Derek Jeter‘s first appearance on the list. What has Forbes been missing all these years?
Finally, David Beckham, an international player playing an international sport, apparently has the ability to sway Americans. I think the jury is out on that one, unless they are buying underpants.
Want to see Forbes’ 10 Most Influential Athletes for the years 2008-2012? Click it!Follow @VinGetz
|10.||David Beckham||World Football|