Floyd, Pacman earnings dwindle

The Pacquiao-Mayweather bout in 2015 is the highest-grossing pay-per-view fight in the US so far. Photo by thesource.com

Floyd Mayweather Jr. failed to make the Forbes World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes list after topping it four times in the last 10 years while Manny Pacquiao slipped further, website worldboxingnews.net reported.

The 42-year-old Mayweather has fought less over the past two years. His last significant fights were in 2015–both unanimous decision wins over Pacquiao and Andre Berto.

In 2017, he carved out a technical knockout victory over mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and KO’d Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first of three rounds during an exhibition match in Tokyo on Dec. 31, 2018, earning $9 million.

For 40-year-old Pacquiao, a comeback triumph over Lucas Matthysse last year wasn’t enough to push the senator into the Top 90. He ranked 92nd with $26M. A win over Keith Thurman on July 20 is expected to boost his earnings.

In the Philippine Senate though, Pacquiao is second richest with a declared net worth of P3,005,808,000 in 2018 (about $57M), or P59.5 million higher than his 2017 net worth of P2.946 billion.

Mayweather and Pacquiao ranked 1 and 2 in 2015 with $300M and $160M, respectively. It was the year when they figured in the fight that broke US pay-per-view revenue records with $410M, to date the highest-grossing in history.

Middleweight Canelo Alvarez of Mexico, ranked the best pound for pound boxer as of December last year, is No. 4 overall with a total $94 million as he pocketed $50 million combined in his first two fights with streaming service DAZN. He trailed football superstars Leo Messi ($127M), Cristiano Ronaldo ($109) and Neymar ($105M) and is just slightly above tennis’ Roger Federer ($93.4M).

Other boxers in the top 100 were Anthony Joshua (13th; $55M), Deontay Wilder (56th; $30.5M) and Gennady Golovkin (95th; $25.5M)

(With reports from Forbes.com. Worldboxingnews.net)