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article imagePacquiao remains top earner despite layoff, successive defeats

By Leo Reyes     May 15, 2013 in Sports
Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao remains one of this year's top prize fighters in the world despite successive defeats and long layoff from the sport.
Sports Illustrated (SI), ranked Pacquiao No.6 in a list of the top 20 international sportsmen representing different sports from around the world.
According to the SI, Pacquiao earned $35 million in the year under review (2012) despite his lone fight against Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez.
SI reported: "Once again this year, Pacquiao falls short of the top 5 because he only fought once in the period we measure (against Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012). Pacquiao has said he’ll fight in September, but nothing is on the books yet. Two fights wouldn’t earn him as much as Mayweather, but would have easily put him at No. 1 on this list. Now, if those two ever do fight each other, that showdown would be a mega payday for both fighters, no matter which one has his fists up high when the final bell rings Read more.
Top soccer star David Beckham of Great Britain is this year's highest international sports earner with $46 million in prizes and endorsements.
No.2 in the international list is tennis champ Roger Federer who amassed $43 million mostly from endorsements.
Auto race Fernando Alonzo of Spain gave Spain a big boost in the sport as he landed on the third spot and ended the year with $42.8 million purse, mostly from product endorsements.
Another soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo took the No.4 spot with $35 million from salary and endorsements.
Soccer seems to be a lucrative international sports as another soccer star Lionel Messi of Argentina took the fifth slot in the international ranking, with $35 million in prizes and endorsements.
Pacquiao, who won a second term as a congressman representing his district of Sarangani in the Philippines in the May 13 midterm elections, is all set to face American Brandon Rios in a comeback fight at The Venetian Resort in Macau, China on Nov. 24.
The eight-division champ is coming off two successive defeats against Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez while Rios lost to Mike Alvarado in a rematch last March 30 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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