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

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous decision victory against Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 15, 2013

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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