Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao cracked the Forbes top ten list of highest earning athletes. He replaced Floyd Mayweather as the highest earning boxer of today. Floyd was dropped from the Forbes list since he has not fought since December 2007.
Manny is the highest-ranking among the four newcomers on the list.
He tied with Lebron James and golfer Phil Mickelson in sixth place. The speedy southpaw is the only boxer in the top ten, who earned $40 million over the last year. Pacquiao cemented his claim as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter with convincing knockouts of Oscar De La Hoya in December and Ricky Hatton in May. The two blockbuster fights garnered more than 2 million pay-per-view buys in the U.S. and earned Pac-Man $30 million combined.
Pacquiao's massive popularity in his native Philippines is why companies like Nike and San Miguel beer have signed him to endorse their products. Pacquiao intends to use that popularity to run for political office when his ring career is over.
The Forbes Top 10 List of Highest Earning Athletes:
1. Tiger Woods
2. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Kimi Raikkonen
5. David Beckham
6. Manny Pacquiao, Lebron James, Phil Mickelson
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.