MANILA, Philippines – The reigning welterweight world champion in boxing, Senator Manny Pacquiao, has been the eighth highest-paid athlete in the world in the past decade.
Manny Pacquiao, right, swaps punches with Keith Thurman in round seven during a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher)
Forbes magazine / Forbes.com said Pacquiao had paid or earned $ 435 million in the past decade.
Forbes added that the eight-division world champion's boxing legend and 25 pay-per-view matches generated 20 million purchases and $ 1.3 billion in sales.
Pacquiao has played in numerous blockbuster battles over the past decade, including Juan Manuel Marquez, Keith Thurman, Timothy Bradley, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The undefeated Mayweather Jr., who prevailed in 2015, was recognized as the highest paid athlete of the decade and earned $ 915 million.
FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands in the ring before Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington / Getty Images / AFP
Other athletes who made it into the top 10 are the soccer stars Cristiano Ronald and Lionel Messi, the basketball players Kevin Durant and Lebron James, the golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the racing driver Lewis Hamilton and the tennis star Roger Federer.
Below is the full list of the highest paid athletes, from top 1 to top 10:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($ 915 million)
Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 800 million)
Lionel Messi ($ 750 million)
Lebron James ($ 680 million)
Roger Federer ($ 640 million)
Tiger Woods ($ 615 million)
Phil Mickelson ($ 480 million)
Manny Pacquiao ($ 435 million)
Kevin Durant ($ 425 million)
Lewis Hamilton ($ 400 million)
FILE – In this file photo dated September 7, 2019, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo can be seen before playing his European Championship qualifying soccer ball Group B denies match between Serbia and Portugal in Belgrade, Serbia. Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers are asking a US judge to order arbitration against a woman in Nevada or to dismiss the allegation that the soccer star raped in Las Vegas in 2009 Prosecutor of Ronaldo, Kathryn Mayorga, did not immediately respond on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, to reports of two court files filed on October 14, in the case resulting from a 2010 confidentiality agreement and a $ 375,000 settlement (AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic), file)
FILE – In this file dated March 2, 2019, the Los Angeles Lakers attacker, LeBron James (23), controls the ball in the second half During an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, a sweaty jersey that James wore while playing Ohio High School basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated title shoot as a teenager in 2002 was auctioned off NBA stars with the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish in Akron with green lettering with the word "Irish" and the number 23, which he later wore for the Cleveland Cavaliers 19. (AP Photo / Rick Scuteri, file)
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