PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — They exceeded Katy Perry, LeBron James, Beyonce, Peyton Manning and every other entertainer in the world. And sports fans scoff that boxing is dead.READ MORE: Dr. Oz Plans To Run For Senate Seat In Pennsylvania, Sources Say
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are laughing all the way to the bank, topping the 100 highest-paid performers for 2015, according to Forbes Magazine.
In one year, Mayweather garnered a record $300 million on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Superstars of 2015.” The annual total exceeds that of any other athlete in history, stemming from his historically popular, though dubiously entertaining, May 2 fight with Pacquiao.
And for the loser, Pacquiao hauled in $160 million for the fight, which established new box office pay-per-view record 4.4 million buys. ‘Pac-Man” is No. 2 on the list.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Should You Expect Another Relief Payment?
So much for boxing “being dead.”
Coming a distant third was Perry, who Forbes listed as No. 3 thanks to her Prismatic World Tour, which garnered $135 million. British boy band One Direction was fourth with $130 million, and radio host Howard Stern, with $95 million, was fifth.
The rest of the top 10 were country-music star Garth Brooks ($90 million) sixth, writer James Patterson ($89 million) seventh, pop star Taylor Swift and actor Robert Downey Jr. tied for No. 8 ($80 million) and
soccer star Christiano Ronaldo ($79.5 million) was 10th.
James finished No. 18 with $65 million.