13 Highest Paid Athletes of 2015

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Forbes released its annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes today, and for the third time in four years, the Money Man lived up to his name.

Floyd Mayweather earned over $100 million for his fight with Manny Pacquiao, and while Floyd emerged victorious in the so-called "fight of the century" Manny received quite the consolation prize - he took the number two spot on this year's list.

Of course, Mayweather's earnings weren't limited to one night, and his total haul for 2015 is estimated to be over $300 million.

Much of that came from divvying up the ticket sales, pay-per-view buys and sponsorships from the Pacquiao fight, but Floyd also cashed in big-time from his September fight with Marcos Maidana, giving him the most lucrative 12 months in boxing history.

But it's not just the money man that's making history on this year's list. For the first time since 2011 that not a single NFL player cracked the top ten. Check out the list below to find out what not-so-fan-favorite QB came in at number 11:

 

13. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
Djokovic pulled in a reported $48.2 million, most of it from endorsements.

12. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy raked in $48.3 million in the past 12 months. And he's newly single, ladies!

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger
It was a big year for Big Ben. The divisive Steelers QB earned a reported $48.9 million.

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
The Lakers legend earned $49.5 million this year. So the next time you cash a big check, be sure to yell out, "Kobe!"

9. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
Say what you will about the guy, he knows how to earn. Tiger pulled $50.6 this year.

8. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson
Mickelson pulled in $50 million, 48 of it from endorsements!

7. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
Durant pulled in $54.1 million. Guess that signature line of shakes at Sonic is paying off. Yes, that's a real thing.

6. LeBron James

LeBron James
King James ruled the NBA once again this year. LeBron earned a reported $64.8 million.

5. Roger Federer

Roger Federer
Federer pulled in $67 million in the past 12 months. No wonder he looks like such a happy family man!

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Messi's in at number four with $73.8 million. Looks our NFL boys picked the wrong kind of football!

3. Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo
Messi was bested by his Cristiano Ronaldo, who pulled in $79.6 million. No word on how much of it came from his Armani modeling gig.

2. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao pulled in $160 million, the majority of it from his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather pulled in $300 million in the past 12 months. They call him "Money" for a reason.

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