Floyd Mayweather again highest-paid athlete, per Forbes magazine

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After two years away from competition, it only took about 30 minutes in a boxing ring for Floyd Mayweather to reclaim the throne as the world's highest-paid athlete.

Mayweather who earned Dollars 275 million for his August fight with Conor McGregor is the highest paid athlete in the world for the fourth time in the last seven years.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo $108m fell to third, behind his rival Lionel Messi $111m.

The starting income for the 2018 list was a record $22.9m, up $1.5m from the previous year, largely due to soaring salaries in the National Basketball Association.

Mayweather overtook soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo, who held the money crown the previous two years.

Irish mixed martial artist McGregor ($130 million) and Paris St Germain's Neymar ($118 million) were fourth and fifth, respectively, but for the first time since 2010 there was not a single woman on the list.

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Basketball players dominate the list (40%) followed by American football and football (soccer) players who make up almost 30% of the top earners. Baseball (14 athletes), Soccer (9), Golf (5), boxing, tennis (4 each) and racing (3) also landed multiple stars in the top 100. Apart from the aforementioned trio, no Indians have featured in the richest list.

Recently retired boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed the top spot by a huge margin, raking in $285 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

Lewis Hamilton came in at number 12 with earnings of US$51m, making him the highest ranking racing driver on the list.

Argentina star Messi narrowly surpassed Ronaldo after signing a new contract at Barcelona, but the Portuguese, Mayweather and golfer Tiger Woods, this year ranked 16th, remained the only three to top the best-paid list during the past 18 years.

See the full list here. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income for the 12 months through June 1 based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders.

NBA stars lead with a record-topping 40 basketball players among the top 100. Basketball players in particular make money from both sports and the products they endorse.

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