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!

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