Sports person in modern era are paid handsomely than their past contemporaries. Viewership has to be one of the main reasons behind such growth which has taken sports personality of current crop to an altogether newer height. In additions to this, sponsorships of different products signing of numerous deals have only strengthened their economical side barring their hugely based fan following. Years back it was a dream to see our heroes taking the field (irrespective of any sport) but now it is a matter of seconds to see them in front of our eyes. We will thus discuss the top three highest paid sports person around the globe at the present scenario:( highest paid football players 2013)
3) Tiger Woods
This American golfer was born on 30th December 1975 and at the age of 3 early signs of an all time golfer was seen when woods shot 48 over 9 holes. He became a professional golfer in the year 1996 only to become the youngest ever winner in the “Major, the Master” at the age of 22 years. Fame and success followed woods when at the age of 25 years he struck the largest contract of US$105 million for a period of 5 years. He had umpteen numbers of endorsements from ‘General Motors’, ‘American Express’, ‘Accenture’ and ‘Nike’. Although at personal level he had turmoil involving multifarious infidelities but his professional life is still basking in the glory of 77 ‘PGA tour’ events which includes 14 majors. Woods current earnings are around US$60 million which includes an astonishing amount of US$55 million from endorsements.
2) Manny Pacquiao:
Born on 17th Dec 1978, ‘Manny Pacquiao” is a professional boxer cum politician. This Filipino was the first ever person in the history of world boxing to have won the ‘eight-division world champion’ which included ten world titles and a ‘lineal championship’ in four contrasting weight classes . During his early ages Pacquiao had to live on the streets before he was selected in the “Philippine national amateur boxing team” and at the age of 16, ‘Pacquiao’ became a complete professional in the field of boxing. A career spanning more than a decade Pacquiao has 54 wins under his belt. He received an honor in the year 2000 when he was named “Fighter of the Decade” and at present he has an earning of US$62 million.
1) Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather, a US based boxer tops the charts for being the highest paid sports personality in 2013. Born on 24th Feb 1977, Floyd was an amateur boxer during his early days only to prove his mettle in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when he reached the semifinals of “featherweight” division and confirmed the bronze medal for his country. In 1996, Floyd made his professional debut against a newcomer “Roberto Apodaca” and won his first world title in the year 1998 by defeating “Genaro Hernández”. A career spanning over a decade saw many ups and downs for Floyd, at one hand he had as many as 43 wins with four largest non-heavyweights ‘pay-per- view’ events in the history of boxing while on the other hand he had faced a jail term of 87 days in 2012 which was caused due to domestic violence. Floyd has a current salary of US$85 million and to amplify his earnings he acts in his own fight promoting company named “Mayweather Promotions”.