Mayweather earned eighty-five million dollars between June 2011 and June 2012. The boxer, born in 1977, competes in the welterweight class, and is undefeated to date. Floyd became world champion many times in different categories: second featherweight, lightweight, first semi-middleweight, first middleweight, first middleweight, first middleweight. He was voted best boxer by Ring magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Floyd Mayweather received the first place in the Forbes ranking even though he held only two fights in a year, and from May to July 2012 was in prison for battery.
Second place in the ranking of the highest paid athletes is given to boxer Manny Pacquiao with income of sixty-two million dollars. A native of the Philippines born in 1978, he competes in the welterweight class. In 2009 he received the title of best athlete by the United States Academy of Sports. He became the world champion in the second flyweight, second featherweight, semi-middleweight categories. Thanks to the surname he gained the nickname Pac-Man.
Third place left behind golfer Tiger Woods. This athlete has held the top ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes since 2001 and in 2012 alone dropped two lines with an income of nearly sixty million. Compared with 2009, his income has halved. The
following athletes took the rest of the rankings: basketball player LeBron James, tennis player Roger Federer, basketball player Kobe Bryant, golfer Phil Mickelson, footballer David Beckham, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, American football player Peyton Manning.