Thursday, June 18, 2009

Manny Pacquiao is the 6th Highest Paid Athlete in the World According to Forbes Magazine

After getting the "2008 Fighter of the Year" award from the Boxing Writers Association of America, world's best pound-for-pound boxer Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao gets another recognition in his inclusion at "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes" list of Forbes Magazine.

Pacman tied for the sixth spot along with 2009 NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson. They raked in $40 million last year.

His entry on states that Pacquiao "hogged the boxing spotlight over the past year with victories in two blockbuster fights," pertaining to his eighth round TKO win over Oscar de la Hoya in December and second round KO of Ricky Hatton in May. Such mega fights generated more than $100 million in pay-per-view revenue in the US.

Pacman was joined by sports icon Tiger Woods, who are last year's highest-paid athlete with $110 million total generated income. Woods is expected to become the first athlete to earn $1 billion during a career, with almost $900 million in prize money, endorsements and appearance fees to date.

Sharing the list�s second spot are Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Kimi Raikkonen with $45 million.

David Beckham, meantime, clinched the No. 5 spot with $42 million. As mentioned, a triple tie among Pacquiao, James and Mickelson took over the sixth spot with $40 million.

Coming in at No. 9 is motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi with $35 million. Following suit in tenth place with $34 million is Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Five athletes, who earned $33 million each, tied for eleventh place. They are Roger Federer, Shaquille O'Neal, Oscar de la Hoya, Lewis Hamilton and Alex Rodriguez.

Golf�s Vijay Singh came in at No. 16 with $31 million.

Rounding up the list are Kevin Garnett, Jeff Gordon, Derek Jeter and Ronaldinho all at No. 17 with $30 million.

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