June 6, 2018 / 6:04 AM / 19 days ago

Mayweather back on top of Forbes best paid list

(Reuters) - American boxer Floyd Mayweather’s blockbuster fight against Conor McGregor has pushed him back to the top of the Forbes list of best paid athletes for the fourth time in seven years.

Boxing - Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor - Las Vegas, USA - August 26, 2017 Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks back to his corner at the end of a round REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Mayweather, who goes by the nickname ‘Money’, earned $275 million (205.13 million pounds) from last year’s fight against Irish Mixed Martial Arts champion McGregor, whose cut of the purse elevated him to fourth spot on the U.S. business magazine’s list.

The fight pushed Mayweather’s career earnings to $1 billion, joining American basketball great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have reached 10-figures in earnings, Forbes said.

Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who topped the rankings for the last two years, slipped to third in the standings behind his Argentine rival Lionel Messi.

Brazil’s Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive soccer player after his $260 million move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain last August, was listed fifth.

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer, basketball players LeBron James and Stephen Curry and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford rounded out the top 10 of the 100 wealthy athletes.

The were no women in the list, with tennis icon Serena Williams, the sole female representative last year, having dropped out of the rankings after taking a break from the sport due to the birth of her daughter.

Top 20 (lists under athlete/nationality/sport/estimated earnings):

1. Floyd Mayweather (U.S.) Boxing $285 million

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) Soccer $111 million

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Argentina Training - Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Barcelona, Spain - June 1, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi during training REUTERS/Albert Gea

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Soccer $108 million

4. Conor McGregor (Ireland) MMA $99 million

5. Neymar (Brazil) Soccer $90 million

6. LeBron James (U.S.) Basketball $85.5 million

7. Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis $77.2 million

8. Stephen Curry (U.S.) Basketball $76.9 million

9. Matt Ryan (U.S.) American football $67.3 million

10. Matthew Stafford (U.S.) American football $59.5 million

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11. Kevin Durant (U.S.) Basketball $57.3 million

12. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Formula One $51 million

13. Russell Westbrook (U.S.) Basketball $47.6 million

14. James Harden (U.S.) Basketball $46.4 million

15. Canelo Alvarez (Mexico) Boxing $44.5 million

16. Tiger Woods (U.S.) Golf $43.3 million

17. Drew Brees (U.S.) American football $42.9 million

18. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Formula One 42.3 million

19. Derek Carr (U.S.) American football $42.1 million

20. Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis $41.4 million

($1 = 0.8529 euros)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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