Floyd Mayweather beats Ronaldo as world's highest paid athlete in 2014

Mayweather is a money making machine

Floyd Mayweather is used to being at the top after a boxing career which has seen him go 46-0.

And the US superstar is at the top again today after Forbes published their annual list of the world's top earning athletes.

Mayweather Jr has brought in a staggering $105 million dollars during the last 12 months, all earnings that have come from his time in the ring rather than through endorsement deals.

Unlike his rivals for top spot, the boxer, according to Forbes, brought in exactly zero dollars in endorsement.

Whilst Mayweather has been bringing in the big bucks for well over a decade now as he established himself as the best pound for pound fighter of his generation, his 2014 tally is his best ever.

For just one hour and twelve minutes in the ring (the total time it took for him to defeat Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana) Mayweather scored $105 million - making the boxer only the second athlete in history, after Tiger Woods, to have earned over $100 million in a single year.

In his May bout against Maidana alone, Mayweather brought in a guaranteed $32 million.

As noted by Forbes this past year only adds to Mayweather's already staggering wealth, with the 37-year-old having brought in over $400 million since turning pro after the 1996 Los Angeles Olympics.

Serving as a boxing promoter, as well as drawing in huge pay-per-view numbers for his fights it is no wonder Mayweather is over $20 million ahead of the next best paid sports star.

That honor falls to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

The past twelve month have been another stellar period in the career of the Portuguese star, with the 28-year old being handed the Balon D'Or for the second time.

His continued status as one of the greatest players in the world has correlated into his bank balance too it seems with Forbes revealing that Ronaldo brought it $80 million in total earnings.

That total takes into consideration his newly signed five-year deal with Real Madrid - $52 million pre-tax - and another $28 million in endorsement deals with the likes of Nike and Toyota Motor amongst a host of companies embracing the cult of Ronaldo at present.

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