If you're one of the absolute best in your sport in the world, you can make quite a bit of money, it turns out. 

The recent fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was highly anticipated, which meant that the two were able to make a pretty penny out of it for their pockets. How much money the fight made in total was already revealed, but the folks over at ESPN crunched the numbers and took a look at how that would impact the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world. 

The figures you're about to read will make you wish you spend your time becoming truly excellent at something, and it will worry you evne more to learn that they exclude the undoubtedly ridiculously large endorsement fees that these stars manage to rake in. These are just their base salaries. 

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A lot of the spots on the top 25 teams are taken up by baseball players, proving that America's past-time still pays the bills for those who dominate the sport, while Vettel's decision to switch to Ferrari has been pretty good for his bank balance. Mayweather and Pacquaio's huge fight, however, has seen them shoot straight to the top of the pile, using the estimated figures that ESPN got their hands on. Something tells us that they could be persuaded to have a rematch...