(Reuters) – The boxer fight of US boxer Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor has pushed him back to the top of the Forbes list of highest paid athletes for the fourth time in seven years.
Mayweather, who goes by the nickname "Money" earned $ 275 million (205 , 1
The battle brought Mayweather's career income to $ 1 billion, joining American basketball pro Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have made a 10-digit win, Forbes said.
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who led the standings in the last two seasons, slipped to third behind his Argentine rival Lionel Messi.
Brazil's Neymar, who became the world's most expensive football player last August after moving from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain for $ 260 million, finished fifth.
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, basketball players LeBron James and Stephen Curry and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford rounded out the top 10 of the 100 wealthy athletes.
The women were not on the list, with tennis icon Serena Williams, the only female representative in the past year, having dropped out of the ranking after a break from the sport over the birth of her daughter.
Top 20 (Lists under Athlete / Nationality / Sports / Estimated Merit):
1. Floyd Mayweather (USA) Boxing $ 285 Million
2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football $ 111 million
3 , Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football $ 108 million
4. Conor McGregor (Ireland) MMA 99 million
5. Neymar (Brazil) Football $ 90 million
6. LeBron James (US) basketball $ 85.5 million
7. Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis $ 77.2 million
8. Stephen Curry (US) basketball $ 76.9 million
9. Matt Ryan (US) American Football $ 67.3 million
10. Matthew Stafford (US) American Football $ 59.5 million
11. Kevin Durant (US) basketball $ 57.3 million
12. Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom) Formula One $ 51 million
13. Russell Westbrook (US) basketball $ 47.6 million
14. James Harden (US) basketball $ 46.4 million  15th Canelo Alvarez (Mexico) Boxing $ 44.5 million
16. Tiger Woods (US) Golf $ 43.3 million
17. Drew Brees (US) American Football $ 42.9 million
18. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Formula One 42.3 million
19. Derek Carr (US) American Football 42.1 million
20. Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis 41.4 million
($ 1 = 0.8529 euros)
Hardik Vyas reporting in Bangalore; Arrangement of Sudipto Ganguly