For the second straight year, welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest paid athlete, according to a recent report by Sports Illustrated. Mayweather Jr. is poised to make $90 million this year as long as his Sept. 14 fight, likely against Saul Alvarez, happens as scheduled. If this is the case, Mayweather Jr. will only need to fight twice in 2013 to earn his huge paycheck. Mayweather Jr. beat Robert Guerrero on May 4.
LeBron James' contract with the Miami Heat doesn't drive him to the Number 2 spot on the highest paid athletes list, but his endorsements do. James has deals with Nike, Baskin-Robbins and Samsung that boosted his 2013 earnings to $56.5 million.
Despite his recent scandals, Tiger Woods still makes a huge amount of money as a spokesman. He is set to earn an estimated $33 million in endorsements this year. After adding in his near $8 million salary, Woods will make over $40 million.
Phil Mickelson's earnings on the links are dwarfed by his $36 million in endorsement money for 2013. Mickelson is the spokesman for companies like Enbrel, KPMG, Barclays and Callaway. All together, he is set to make $39.5 million in 2013.
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose didn't play a single game this season, but his $16.5 million salary and $17 million in endorsement money will bring him $33.5 million this year. Rose has endorsement deals with companies like Powerade, Wilson and Skullcandy.
Peyton Manning is one of the most popular and well-liked players in the NFL, making him an easy pick for companies looking for a spokesman. Deals with Reebok, Wheaties, DirectTV, Gatorade and others will bring Manning $13 million this year. When adding in his contract with the Denver Broncos, Manning will make about $31 million.
With a 10-year, $275 million contract that runs through 2017, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is earning $29 million this season. "A-Rod" will make less than $1 million this year in endorsements, although he can earn a $6 million bonus if he reaches 660 home runs. He currently has 647.