Mayweather dethrones Tiger as top-paid U.S. athlete

Floyd Mayweather is No. 1 in earnings among U.S. athletes. (AP photo)

Floyd Mayweather is No. 1 in earnings among U.S. athletes. (AP photo)

Floyd Mayweather has knocked Tiger Woods off his throne.

SI.com has released its annual “Fortunate 50″ list, and for the first time ever, Woods is not on top. The title of highest-paid U.S. athlete goes to Mayweather, who earned $ 85 million last year with two big pay-per-view fights — and no endorsements.

Mayweather earned a reported $ 45 million for his victory over Miguel Cotto in May and $ 40 million for his win over Victor Ortiz last September. He is currently in jail, serving a three-month sentence for domestic violence.

Woods, at $ 56.4 million, fell to No. 3 behind rival Phil Mickelson, who earned $ 60.7 million. It was the first time since SI.com began compiling the list in 2004 that Woods wasn’t on top.

The rest of the top 10:

4. Kobe Bryant, $ 48.2 million.

5. LeBron James, $ 45.8 million.

6. Alex Rodriguez, $ 33.5 million.

7. Peyton Manning, $ 31 million.

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., $ 28.1 million.

9. Derek …

Full News here – AJC Sports Talk

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