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The highest-paid athletes in the world compete in such sports as American football, soccer, basketball, tennis, and boxing. They make a combined annual salary that tops $778 million, according to the latest listing by Forbes magazine. However, their income is not limited to just salary or participation fees. Together, these athletes also pulled in more than $500 million in endorsements. At least three athletes on the list make more money from endorsing products than they do playing their sport.

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1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

This undefeated boxing champion in several weight classes retired with a record of 50-0. In 2016, ESPN declared him to be the greatest boxer, pound for pound, in the last 25 years. During his career, Mayweather has made more money - $285 million - than any other athlete in the world. He is one of the most popular pay-per-view attractions ever and has generated approximately 23.8 million pay-per-view buys and $1.67 billion income for the company.

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