Floyd Mayweather: The highest paid athlete in the world 2012

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The highest earned athlete in the world Mayweather, who is currently serving time in prison, earned a whopping $85 million from his fights alone, having received no income for any endorsements.

Tiger Woods dropped from top spot in the table to third, with fellow golfer Phil Mickelson coming in just above Beckham in seventh.

Another boxer, Manny Pacquiao, took second place, with basketball stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant taking fourth and sixth place respectively.

Tennis legend Roger Federer placed fifth, with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning squeezing onto the list in 10th place.

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