A Youtube video during which Floyd Mayweather Jr. counts out $1 million while aboard a private jets is making the rounds.
Nicknamed “Money,” Mayweather, 35, has been named the highest-paid American athlete for 2012 in Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 list, ahead of golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at Nos. 2 and 3.
Mayweather also was on top of Forbes’ list of its 100 highest paid athletes internationally, trumping second-place boxing rival Manny Pacquiao with $62 million from earnings and endorsements.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) earned a combined $85 million for his past two fights comprised of a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto in May which added the WBA’s junior middleweight belt to the WBC’s welterweight crown he had earned with September’s fourth-round stoppage of Victor Ortiz.
Mayweather was also honored as The Best Fighter, or, what is essentially Fighter of The Year at the ESPYs’ in July, trumping other nominees such as RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward and mixed martial arts stars Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.
It was the fourth time Mayweather was chosen for an ESPY in the past six years, with Pacquiao taking the honors the other two times, including for 2011.
The fighter was released from his sentence at the Clark County Detention Center on Aug. 3 after a stint that began on June 1.
All of the above honors occurred while Mayweather was serving time for charges of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and two counts of harassment in a case involving the mother of two of his children, Josie Harris.
Mayweather has apparently formed a partnership with 50 Cent as CEOs of The Money Team (TMT Promotions), having signed Australian IBF featherweight beltholder Billy Dib, super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell and former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa.