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Forbes List of Highest-Paid Athletes

Forbes has released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes of 2011. Take a look:

1. Floyd Mayweather  – $85 million – for two fights last year

2. Manny Pacquiao – $62 million – from earnings and endorsements.

3. Tiger Woods – $59.4 million (been no. 1 on the list since 2001)

4. LeBron James$53 million

5.  Roger Federer –  $52.7 million.

Thirty football players made the top 100, with Peyton Manning tops among them at No. 10. The Denver Broncos’ new quarterback made $42.4 million during his last season with the Indianapolis Colts, even though he sat out the entire season while recovering from a neck injury.

David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy was No. 8 overall and the highest ranked soccer player at $46 million.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among baseball players and No. 18 overall with $33 million.

Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($27.9 million) comes in at No. 26, and Li Na ($18.4 million).

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