Money man: Mayweather tops annual rich list

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are at the top of an annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes after their fight in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The much-anticipated welterweight title showdown between the pair is reported to have generated over £322million, with victor Mayweather taking half the pot.

Mayweather won the bout in a unanimous decision, confirming his place as one of boxing’s greats with a 48-0 record in his career.

Pacquiao is reported to have received just under £100m, leaving the duo well clear of football’s top earners Lionel Messi (£36.2m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£32.3m) in ESPN The Magazine’s annual list of the highest-paid pro athletes.

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel (£32.2m) completes the top five, with Serena Williams the highest-placed woman.