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Forbes’ 20 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World (2015)

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Floyd Mayweather bests Manny Pacquiao again – and for the second year in a row tops everybody on Forbes’ annual list of the 100 richest athletes in the world.

Mayweather made almost twice as much as Pacquiao in the past 12 months – both the only current nine-figure sportsmen in the world. Together, they brought in nearly half a billion dollars ($300M + $160M).

Tiger Woods is the third member of the nine-figure club – he earned $105 million back in 2010 before it all fell apart. Still, Woods ranks ninth today, raking in a “paltry” $50.6 million.

According to Forbes, “the blockbuster showdown between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao” had most to do with the two boxers’ earnings (duh) – and with the overall increase across the board for the top 100.

Mayweather earned nearly $180 million and Pacquiao $120 million for their May 2nd fight.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are next on the list. World football has the most members of the top 20, along with NBA Basketball, tied with four apiece.

Any MLB Baseball? Why, yes. What? Jon Lester is the highest paid player in the game.

For a look at all 100 rankers and their salary/endorsements splits, check out Forbes’ spread, here.

ATHLETE SALARY + ENDORSEMENTS SPORT COUNTRY
1. Floyd Mayweather $300M Boxing USA
2. Manny Pacquiao $160M Boxing Philippines
3. Cristiano Ronaldo $79.6M World Football Portugal
4. Lionel Messi $73.8M World Football Argentina
5. Roger Federer $67M Tennis Switzerland
6. LeBron James $64.8M NBA Basketball USA
7. Kevin Durant $54.1M NBA Basketball USA
8. Phil Mickelson $50.8M PGA Golf USA
9. Tiger Woods $50.6M PGA Golf USA
10. Kobe Bryant $49.5M NBA Basketball USA
11. Ben Roethlisberger $48.9M NFL Football USA
12. Rory McIlroy $48.3M PGA Golf UK
13. Novak Djokovic $48.2M Tennis Serbia
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic $39.1M World Football Sweden
15. Lewis Hamilton $39M Formula One UK
16. Ndamukong Suh $38.6M NFL Football USA
17. Fernando Alonso $35.5M Formula One Spain
18. Gareth Bale $35M World Football UK
19. Jon Lester $34.1M MLB Baseball USA
20. Derrick Rose $33.9M NBA Basketball USA

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime via boxingnews24.com

The NBA’s Most Improved Players Award Winners by Team

Jimmy Butler Is The Chicago Bulls' First Most Improved Player Award Winner

Jimmy Butler Is The Chicago Bulls’ First Most Improved Player Award Winner

Where do NBA players improve? In Orlando, Indiana, Phoenix and Washington D.C., apparently.

The Magic (five), Pacers (four), Suns (three) and Wizards (three as the Bullets) have won half of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Awards, 15 of the 30 issued since the first in 1985-86.

Check out all the MIP winners in today’s list, sorted by team. Included are each player’s (points / assists / rebounds) stats year-over-year. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story – for example, Alvin Robertson improved to lead the league in steals his winning year – but most of it.

TEAM MIP WINNERS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER POS. SEASON
1. Orlando Magic 5 Scott Skiles

(17.2 / 8.4 / 3.4 vs. 7.7 / 4.8 / 2.3)

PG 1990-91
Darrell Armstrong

(13.8 / 6.7 / 3.6 vs. 9.2 / 4.9 / 3.3)

PG 1998-99
Tracy McGrady

(26.8 / 4.6 / 7.5 vs. 15.4 / 3.3 / 6.3)

SG 2000-01
Hedo Turkoglu

(19.5 / 5.0 / 5.7 vs. 13.3 / 3.2 / 4.0)

SF 2007-08
Ryan Anderson

(16.1 / 0.9 / 7.7 vs. 10.6 / 0.8 / 5.5)

PF 2011-12
2. Indiana Pacers 4 Jalen Rose

(18.2 / 4.0 / 4.8 vs. 11.1 / 1.9 / 3.1)

SF 1999-00
Jermaine O’Neal

(19.0 / 1.6 / 10.5 vs. 12.9 / 1.2 / 9.8)

PF 2001-02
Danny Granger

(25.8 / 2.7 / 5.1 vs. 19.6 / 2.1 / 6.1)

SF 2008-09
Paul George

(16.7 / 4.0 / 7.3 vs. 14.7 / 2.9 / 6.8)

SF 2012-13
3. Phoenix Suns 3 Kevin Johnson

(20.4 / 12.2 / 4.2 vs. 9.2 / 5.5 / 2.4)

PG 1988-89
Boris Diaw

(13.3 / 6.2 / 6.9 vs. 4.8 / 2.3 / 2.6)

PF 2005-06
Goran Dragic

(20.3 / 5.9 / 3.2 vs. 14.7 / 7.4 / 3.1)

SG 2013-14
3. Washington Bullets (Wizards)
3 Pervis Ellison

(20.0 / 2.9 / 11.2 vs. 10.4 / 1.3 / 7.7)

C 1991-92
Don MacLean

(18.2 / 2.1 / 6.2 vs. 6.6 / 0.6 / 2.0)

SF 1993-94
Gheorghe Muresan

(14.5 / 0.7 / 9.6 vs. 10.0 / 0.5 / 6.7)

C 1995-96
5. Golden State Warriors 2 Gilbert Arenas

(18.3 / 6.3 / 4.7 vs. 10.9 / 3.7 2.8)

PG 2002-03
Monta Ellis

(16.5 / 4.1 / 3.2 vs. 6.8 / 1.6 / 2.1)

SG 2006-07
5. Miami Heat 2 Rony Seikaly

(16.6 / 1.1 / 10.4 vs. 10.9 / 0.7 / 7.0)

C 1989-90
Isaac Austin

(9.7 / 1.2 / 5.8 vs. 5.1 / 1.2 / 4.9)

C 1996-97
5. Portland Trail Blazers 2 Kevin Duckworth

(15.8 / 0.8 / 7.4 vs. 5.4 / 0.4 / 3.4)

C 1987-88
Zach Randolph

(20.1 / 2.0 / 10.5 vs. 8.4 / 0.5 / 4.5)

PF 2003-04
8. Atlanta Hawks 1 Alan Henderson

(14.3 / 1.1 / 6.4 vs. 6.6 / 0.8 / 3.9)

PF 1997-98
8. Chicago Bulls 1 Jimmy Butler

(20.0 / 1.8 / 5.8 vs. 13.1 / 2.6 / 4.9)

SG 2014-15
8. Denver Nuggets 1 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

(19.2 / 4.2 / 2.8 vs. 10.3 / 2.4 / 1.4)

PG 1992-93
8. Houston Rockets 1 Aaron Brooks

(19.6 / 5.3 / 2.6 vs. 11.2 / 3.0 / 2.0)

PG 2009-10
8. Los Angeles Clippers 1 Bobby Simmons

(16.4 / 2.7 / 5.9 vs. 7.8 / 1.7 / 4.7)

SF 2004-05
8. Minnesota Timberwolves 1 Kevin Love

(20.2 / 2.5 / 15.2 vs. 14.0 / 2.3 / 11.0)

PF 2010-11
8. Philadelphia 76ers 1 Dana Barros

(20.6 / 7.5 / 3.3 vs. 13.3 / 5.2 / 2.4)

PG 1994-95
8. San Antonio Spurs 1 Alvin Robertson

(17.0 / 5.5 / 6.3 vs. 9.2 / 3.5 / 3.4)

SG 1985-86
8. Seattle SuperSonics 1 Dale Ellis

(24.9 / 2.9 / 5.5 vs. 7.1 / 0.5 / 2.3)

SG 1986-87

Photo: nba.com

Most Points Scored by a Team in an NBA Finals Game

YEAR GAME MOST POINTS OPPONENT
1. 1985 Game 1 Boston Celtics 148 Los Angeles Lakers* 114
2. 1965 Game 1 Boston Celtics* 142 Los Angeles Lakers 110
3. 1967 Game 1 Philadelphia 76ers* 141 San Francisco Warriors 135
3. 1987 Game 2 Los Angeles Lakers* 141 Boston Celtics 122
5. 1960 Game 1 Boston Celtics* 140 St. Louis Hawks 122
6. 1984 Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers 137 Boston Celtics* 104
7. 1958 Game 2 Boston Celtics 136 St. Louis Hawks* 112
7. 1985 Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers* 136 Boston Celtics 111
9. 1967 Game 1 San Francisco Warriors 135 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS* 141
9. 1970 Game 6 Los Angeles Lakers 135 New York Knicks* 113
9. 1982 Game 5 Philadelphia 76ers 135 Los Angeles Lakers* 102
12. 1966 Game 1 Los Angeles Lakers 133 BOSTON CELTICS* 129
13. 2008 Game 6** Boston Celtics* 131 Los Angeles Lakers 92
14. 1967 Game 3 San Francisco Warriors 130 Philadelphia 76ers* 124
14. 1977 Game 4 Portland Trail Blazers* 130 Philadelphia 76ers 98
16. 1961 Game 1 Boston Celtics* 129 St. Louis Hawks 95
16. 1962 Game 2 Los Angeles Lakers 129 BOSTON CELTICS* 122
16. 1965 Game 2 Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 123
16. 1965 Game 5** Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 96
16. 1966 Game 1 Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 133
16. 1966 Game 2 Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 109
16. 1977 Game 3 Portland Trail Blazers* 129 Philadelphia 76ers 107
16. 1982 Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers* 129 Philadelphia 76ers 108
16. 1984 Game 4 Boston Celtics* 129 LOS ANGELES LAKERS 125
16. 1993 Game 3 Phoenix Suns 129 CHICAGO BULLS* 121

* Won NBA Finals

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