The Highest Paid African American Athletes

The Highest-Paid Black Athletes

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The Forbes 2014 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list named the 100 athletes raking in the most money this year. From basketball to wrestling to racing, these household names and superstars are the best at what they do. Here are the top 10 highest-paid African American athletes.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pay: $105 million

Sport: Boxing

Mayweather dominates at No. 1 on the list. His fight against Canelo Alvarez in September 2013 grossed the highest PPV ever at $150 million and earned total revenues of about $200 million. The American professional boxer currently remains undefeated and is a five-division world champion. He was named Fighter of the Year twice by Ring magazine and won the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Multiple media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Fox Sports have named him the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Since 2012, Mayweather has retained his No. 1 spot at the top of the list.