Sports Illustrated: Floyd Mayweather Jr. top-earning American athlete in 2013

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops Sports Illustrated‘s list of highest-earning American athletes for the second consecutive year, according to Sports Illustrated.

The welterweight boxer is projected to make a minimum of $90 million this year, but could potentially earn as much as $128 million.

The list, entitled “The Fortunate 50,” combines salary, endorsements, and winnings to determine an athlete’s yearly earnings.

This year four out of the top five athletes on the list are African-American.

Number two on the list, LeBron James, is set to make roughly $56.5 million in 2013, and NFL quarterback Drew Brees is ranked at number three, with anticipated earnings of $47.8 million.

Rounding out the top five are Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, taking home an estimated $46.8 million, and professional golfer Tiger Woods, earning about $40.8 million.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose broke into the top 10 this year for the first time.  Despite sitting out the 2012-2013 NBA season, Rose lands at No. 7 on the list. With several major endorsement deals, including Adidas and Powerade, Rose is expected to make $33 million this year.

Click here to view the whole Sports Illustrated “Fortunate 50” list.

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