Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Anthony Joshua are the money men in combat sports.
That is according to Forbes’ latest ranking of the 100 best-paid athletes in the last 12 months.
Floyd Mayweather is no longer on the list as the unbeaten American retired from the game after beating up Conor McGregor in 2017.
McGregor remains on the list, and is joined by Deontay Wilder and Gennady Golovkin.
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The Forbes list for highest-earning athletes is back for another year, and there are six fighters who grace the 100-strong ranking for the last 12 months.
Floyd Mayweather, who has long been seen as the money man of the sport, is no longer there as the unbeaten American retired from the game despite a bizarre unofficial exhibition in Japan this year, which earned him $9 million.
Though Mayweather has gone, the sport has moved on and the new money men in combat sports include two hard-hitting heavyweights, two technically-adept middleweights, a UFC fighter, and a veteran of the game who continues to seek out the toughest of challenges.
Without further ado, here are the six best-paid fighters from the last 12 months, ranked in ascending order.
6: Middleweight boxing contender Gennady Golovkin made $25.5 million.
A 41-fight veteran, Gennady Golovkin, 37, has 35 knockouts from 39 wins against one loss and one draw.
The only blemishes on his record are to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and it is likely a third fight will be booked in an attempt to conclude their gripping middleweight rivalry.
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Golovkin has endorsement deals with Nike’s Jordan brand, Hublot, and Tecate, according to Forbes.
He also signed a six-fight deal with DAZN, a streaming service seen as the Netflix of sports, which is worth $100 million, Forbes says.
5: Welterweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao made $26 million.
Even at 40 years old, Manny Pacquiao remains competitive at the elite level in world boxing.
He stopped Lucas Matthysse in July, last year, romped to a big win over Adrien Broner in January, and now takes on the undefeated Keit Thurman this summer.
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Pacquiao has fought 70 times as a pro fighter, appearing on pay-per-view an extraordinary 24 times. This has generated 20 million sales, or $1.25 billion, Forbes reports.
4: Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder made $30.5 million.
Deontay Wilder is one of the key reasons heavyweight boxing is experiencing a renaissance in the American market.
He has poor technique, but his power is so extraordinary it seems no man can escape a mid-fight clobbering at some point.
Wilder fought the unbeaten British fighter Tyson Fury in December, last year, and earned more than $10 million.
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