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NEW YORK - Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the boxers that fight fans worldwide want to see in the ring together, top the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes released by Forbes magazine on Monday.

Mayweather, who ranks No. 1 for making $85 million off two fights last year, is serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic battery in Las Vegas, having failed in a bid to serve the remainder of his time under house arrest.

Pacquiao, second on the list at $62 million from earnings and endorsements, lost to unbeaten U.S. fighter Tim Bradley on July 9, and they are set to fight a rematch in November.

Tiger Woods, who had topped the Forbes list since 2001, fell to third this time with $59.4 million, his earnings off $16 million from the previous year and by half since his peak in 2009, mostly due to lost endorsement deals.

Miami Heat star LeBron James ranks fourth at $53 million, the highest of 13 basketball players on the list. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was fifth at $52.7 million. AFP

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