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Mayweather named highest paid athlete of the year

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. earned $105 million for just 72 minutes of work in the ring in the past year. (Source: CNN) Floyd Mayweather Jr. earned $105 million for just 72 minutes of work in the ring in the past year. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - There's a reason why his nickname is Money.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops Forbes' list of the highest paid athletes.

Mayweather earned $105 million for just 72 minutes of work in the ring in the past year.

Second on the list is Cristiano Ronaldo, star soccer player for Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. His earnings totaled $80 million.

And NBA star LeBron James is in third place, with more than $72 million in earnings.

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