The Richest Ever: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Raked In The Dough In 2018

Floyd was the highest earning athletes in the entire world.

(AllHipHop News) Retired boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has fought his way back to the top to be crowned the World's Highest-Paid Athlete.

The fighter banked an estimated $285 million in the past year to take first place on the new all-male 2018 Forbes list, thanks to his big payday from his bout with UFC star Conor McGregor last August.

The figure is a steep increase from the 2017 poll, when Mayweather was ranked number 16 with just $44 million in earnings.

Soccer icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo snag second and third place with respective pay cheques of $111 million and $108 million, with McGregor climbing 20 spots to number four with $99 million, almost triple what he banked in the previous year.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar rounds out the top five with $90 million , while basketball aces LeBron James and Stephen Curry, tennis legend Roger Federer, and American footballers Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford also feature in the top 10.