Floyd Mayweather Top-Earning American Athlete for Second-Straight Year

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Floyd Mayweather Top-Earning American Athlete for Second-Straight Year
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Floyd Mayweather has lived up to his nickname "Money" once again as boxing's pound-for-pound king topped Sports Illustrated's 50 highest paid American athletes list for the second year in a row (per SI.com).

The annual report is created by adding up athletes salary/earnings and endorsement money projected to be made in 2013.

The most astonishing aspect of Mayweather topping the list again is that he does not get a single penny from endorsement money and earns his top paying salary from fighting just twice a year.

The SI report states that, in addition to Money's guaranteed $32 million for his bout with Robert Guerrero on May 4, he also will get at least an additional $13 million from his share of the pay-per-view buys.

The other part of Mayweather's projected $90 million salary is if he fights on Sept. 14 as planned, possibly against rising star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

Beating out more popular athletes—like second-place LeBron James with $56.5 million ($39 million from endorsements); No. 3 Drew Brees, who will rake in $47.8 million ($7.8 million from endorsements); No. 4 Kobe Bryant, who pulled in just under $27.8 million ($19 million in endorsements); and No. 5 Tiger Woods, who will net $40.8 million ($33 million in endorsements)—shows how big a spectacle Mayweather is.

The four athletes under Mayweather combined to make just over $192 million with about $98 million of that coming in from endorsements. If Mayweather wasn't such a controversial figure, he could be pulling in endorsement deals similar to fellow boxers like Saul Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao.

Making more than any other athlete while fighting just twice a year makes his feat even more amazing, as the majority of the athletes on the list are playing their respective sport for months at a time.

With up to five fights left on his Showtime/CBS deal (per Forbes.com), he may not relinquish the top spot for years to come.

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