Despite currently being in jail for domestic violence, undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather has received an honor that he does not deserve: the title of wealthiest athlete in the world.
As people struggle to make ends meet across the nation, this list just goes to prove once again that athletes make far too much money.
The Associated Press reports on the Forbes list and who the two top-grossing athletes are for 2011:
Forbes has released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed "Money," is No. 1…Mayweather, who made $85 million for two fights last year, is currently serving a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas for domestic battery…Boxer Manny Pacquiao is second on the magazine's list at $62 million from earnings and endorsements.
While many fans will look to Manny Pacquiao and say that it is no different for him, those people need to realize just how much time, money and effort this man put into making his home country a great place to live.
Unlike Mayweather, Pac-Man has used his riches to make serious change in his community instead of buying material goods and flaunting them to the fans that paid for it all.
The youth of this country should be looking up to athletes like Tim Tebow who exemplify work ethic and class. Unfortunately, this Forbes list lends credibility to the idea that the lifestyle Mayweather leads is acceptable.