FORBES Magazine just recently posted its listing of the Highest Paid Athletes in the World. A list that was previously dominated by Professional Golfer  Eldrick “TIGER” Woods for years. A new face has topped the 2012 listing, and the numbers are staggering.

Here are the Top 5 Highest Paid Athletes for the 2011 year in Sports:

 

#5 ROGER FEDERER

$52.7 MILLION

ROGER FEDERER

2011 was one of the worst seasons for Federer, since becoming the #1 ranked player in Tennis. It was the first year since 2002 that he did not win a Grand Slam title, and he dropped to #3 in the World ranking in his sport. Even still, if your WORST earns you $52.7 million….  

#4 LEBRON JAMES 

$53 MILLION

KING JAMES

 Arguably the greatest player in the game today, there are few that are on the same level as “King James”. In 2011, he once again reached the ultimate level of any NBA season, but failed to succeed in capturing his 1st NBA Title. With one more win in the 2012 postseason, he stock will rise even higher.

  #3 TIGER WOODS 

$59.4 MILLION 

TIGER

 2011 proved to be the worst statistical season in an otherwise great career. Beforehand, Woods spent a total of 545 weeks ranked as World #1 in his sport (264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010) In November 2011, Tiger dropped to #58, his lowest career ranking, and finally snapped 107 weeks without a victory in December of that year. Even still, if a #3 ranking and almost $60 million is what Tiger earns when he is at his WORST….

  #2 MANNY PACQUIAO 

$62 MILLION

PAC-MAN

  Pacquiao is arguably the greatest fighter in his sport, and has spent several years on top of Pound 4 Pound listings. There are not many in the present or history of boxing who can eclipse his brilliance within the ring. Even more amazing is the fact that, aside from his endorsements and Political career, the majority of Manny’s earnings were generated from two…I repeat, TWO bouts last year!

  #1 FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. 

$85 MILLION

MONEY

 READ ABOVE COMMENTS ABOUT #2, minus the political career, add an additional $23 MILLION, and you get Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather is the rebuttal argument to Pacquiao being the greatest fighter in the game. Without considering endorsements and paid appearances, in 2011, Floyd made an average of $42.5 million each fight. When you consider that those two fights equaled 16 Rounds of work (12 with Mosley and 4 with Ortiz), he made $5.3 million per Round! I have heard of some ridiculous hourly wages, but when you consider that each Round of boxing is 3 minutes, it is mind-blowing to think that he made $1.7 million per minute!

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