Floyd Mayweather is the world’s top earning athlete

Virat Kohli the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the Forbes list is ranked 83rd

Virat Kohli the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the Forbes list is ranked 83rd

Soccer players held three of Forbes' top five spots for 2017.

"Made it to number 4 on the Forbes list this year", McGregor wrote on Instagram.

Household names such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all make the top 10, but for the first time since 2010 the list does not contain a single female athlete.

Tennis champ Serena Williams was the sole female athlete on last year's list, but her 14-month absence starting in January 2017 to give birth to her first child, Olympia, left her without a prize-money boost. That stems largely from his bout last August with UFC's Conor McGregor.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather reclaimed his place at the top of Forbes' annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes.

NBA's top earner LeBron James banked United States dollars 85.5 million, including endorsements, over the last 12 months to rank sixth among the highest-paid athletes.

"Boxing's biggest night of 2017 helped Mayweather and McGregor earn almost $400 million combined", Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Mayweather was the victor in 2014 and 2015 before Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo came out on top for two years on the trot. However, Kohli's earnings are less than one-fourth of Mayweather, who earned $285 million in the same period.

The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23 percent jump over past year.

No Australian made the list with French basketballer Nicholas Batum claiming the 100 place with earnings of US$22.9m.

At 47, golfer Phil Mickelson is the oldest athlete on the list, while 23-year-old Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest and he rounds up the top 30.

The top 100 has an worldwide flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football.

Elsewhere, Britain's Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is the highest paid figure from motorsport to feature, coming in at 12th with $51 million.

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