Manny Pacquiao is Among Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes in the World

After being named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, our very own Manny Pacquiao is now among Forbes' highest-paid athletes.

Pacquiao debuted in the Forbes list at no. 6 for earning $40 million in the past 12 months. He is the highest ranked newcomer joining sports icons like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and David Beckham.

Pacman is tied with 2009 NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson who also raked in $40 million last year.

The People’s Champ also debuted in the recent “Forbes Celebrity 100” list topped by Angelina Jolie. The list named the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world.

In addition, Pacquiao also debuted in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” this year after receiving more than 20 million online votes. He was ranked 22nd in the list even though he received the most number of votes.

Maintaining the title of World’s highest-paid athlete is Tiger Woods with $110 million in the last 12 months.

Sharing the list’s second spot are Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Kimi Raikkonen with $45 million.

Placing 5th is superstar David Beckham with $42 million while at no. 9 is motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi with $35 million. Completing the Top 10 with $34 million is Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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