Sports Illustrated has released its seventh annual “Fortunate 50″ list, which gives us a sense of the type of money American athletes made last year based on salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees. Despite the epic downfall of his image, Tiger Woods remained at the top of the list with nearly $30 million to spare. Phil Mickelson held strong at No. 2 on the list and can probably thank Tiger’s demise for any extra cash that may have been thrown his way over the past year. Here are a few aspects of the list that stuck out to me:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Want an idea of how much money can be made in boxing? Mayweather, who may or may not be ducking Manny Pacquiao, checked in at No. 3 on the list after not being ranked in 2009. While most of the top athletes on the list rake in a ton in endorsements, Mayweather made only $250,000 in endorsement deals and the rest — $60 million — in salary and winnings. A bout with Shane Mosley alone earned him $40 million.