Pacquiao makes it to Forbes top 10 list of richest athletes of the decade

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With around P22 billion in earnings, Manny Pacquiao makes it to Forbes’ list of top 10 highest-paid athletes of the decade.

The 41-year-old Filipino boxing legend is number 8 in the list who earned the most from 2010-2019.

He made the P22 billion earnings in the last decade, half of which he made during his historic 2015 welterweight title showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in what went down as the highest-grossing fight of all time.

In that fight, the Filipino senator had an estimate earning of around $160 million for his 36-minute work against Mayweather during the so-called ‘Fight of the Century,’ which Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision.

As expected, the unbeaten Mayweather topped the Forbes list with a total of $915 million in earnings, including $220 million in the Pacquiao fight. He reportedly earned $275 million in his last professional bout against UFC star Connor McGregor, including a disclosed amount of $100 million representing guaranteed purse.

The 42-year-old Mayweather, who has a ring record of 50-0, with 27 KOs, also earned $41 million in his fight against Alvarez and an annual net of $10 million from endorsements alone.

Pacquiao and Mayweather are the only boxers to make the list.

Football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo ($800 million) and Lionel Messi ($750 million) took the second and third spots, respectively.

NBA icon and Los Angeles Lakers franchise player Lebron James ($680 million) is at number 4 while 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer ($640 million) followed him.

Rounding up the list are top golfers Tiger Woods at No. 6 ($615 million), and Phil Mickelson ($480 million) at No. 7, respectively, followed by two-time NBA champion and MVP Kevin Durant ($425 million) at ninth spot, and celebrated car racing champ Lewis Hamilton at No. 10 ($400 million).

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