DESPITE a losing streak and months of inactivity, Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao still made the latest list of Sports Illustrated’s International 20 top money earners last year.
The 34-year-old Pacquiao landed at No. 6 with earnings of US$35 million – the bulk of which came from his fourth meeting with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
The Filipino southpaw could have secured a higher placing on the list, but his 12-round welterweight title fight against Timothy Bradley last June wasn’t part of the equation since only boxing purses earned from the period August 2012 to May 2013 were included in the computation.
In computing the total earnings made by international athletes, SI combined salary, bonuses, and endorsement deals.
Pacquiao, who earned a second term as Sarangani congressman in this week’s national elections, lost via vicious sixth-round knockout to Marquez in their non-title fight at 147 lbs.
The setback came six months after the boxing legend was dethroned by Bradley as World Boxing Organization welterweight champion following a stunning 12-round split decision.
Global football superstar David Beckham topped the list with a total of US$48 million in earnings, dislodging tennis icon Roger Federer.
The tennis great from Switzerland fell to No. 2 with US$43 million, followed by race car champion Fernando Alonso (US$42M), and football stars Cristiano Ronaldo (US$35.3M), and Lionel Messi (US$35.1M).
Completing the top 10 are young golfer Rory McIlroy (US$33M), football player Samue Eto’O (US$30M), charming netter Maria Sharapova (US$25M), and tennis player Rafael Nadal (US$24M).