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1: Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-paid professional athlete in the United States with expected earnings of at least $90 million this year from just two bouts, according to Sports Illustrated magazine. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

1: Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-paid professional athlete in the United States with expected earnings of at least $90 million this year from just two bouts, according to Sports Illustrated magazine. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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2: Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat is second, earning a total of $56.5 million. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

2: Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat is second, earning a total of $56.5 million. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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3: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is third, earning $47.8 million. REUTERS/Mike Stone

3: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is third, earning $47.8 million. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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4: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant makes $46.8 million. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

4: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant makes $46.8 million. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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5: Golfer Tiger Woods makes $40.8 million. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

5: Golfer Tiger Woods makes $40.8 million. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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6: Golfer Phil Mickelson makes $39.5 million. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

6: Golfer Phil Mickelson makes $39.5 million. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

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7: Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose makes $33.4 million. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

7: Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose makes $33.4 million. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

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8: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning makes $31 million. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

8: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning makes $31 million. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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9: New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez makes $29.9 million. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

9: New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez makes $29.9 million. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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10: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke makes $29 million. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso

10: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke makes $29 million. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso

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11: Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade makes $28.6 million. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

11: Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade makes $28.6 million. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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12: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant makes $27.6 million. REUTERS/Bill Waugh

12: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant makes $27.6 million. REUTERS/Bill Waugh

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13: New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana makes $26.3 million. REUTERS/John Gress

13: New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana makes $26.3 million. REUTERS/John Gress

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14: Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez makes $25.6 million. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

14: Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez makes $25.6 million. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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15: Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson makes $25.3 million. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

15: Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson makes $25.3 million. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

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16: New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony makes $25.3 million. REUTERS/Mike Segar

16: New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony makes $25.3 million. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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17: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee makes $25.2 million. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

17: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee makes $25.2 million. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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18: Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams makes $25.1 million. REUTERS/Doug Benz

18: Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams makes $25.1 million. REUTERS/Doug Benz

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19: New York Yankees' Derek Jeter makes $25.1 million. REUTERS/Mike Segar

19: New York Yankees' Derek Jeter makes $25.1 million. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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20: Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer makes $25 million. REUTERS/Eric Miller

20: Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer makes $25 million. REUTERS/Eric Miller

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