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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Highest Paid Athlete, Alex Rodriguez #9

His nickname isn’t “Money” for any other reason.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in American sports for the second straight year.

The boxer is projected to make $90 million in 2013 according to Sports Illustrated's annual list released Wednesday. Miami Heat star LeBron James is a distant second at $56.5 million.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees vaults into the rankings at No. 3 at $47.8 million thanks to a new contract signed before last season. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is fourth at just under $47 million.

Tiger Woods is fifth with $40.8 million, his lowest spot since SI started the list in 2004. He was No. 1 through 2011.

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The top 50 include 25 baseball players, 13 basketball players and eight football players, with no female athletes for the fifth consecutive year.

The list included 9 prominent Latino athletes, 7 from baseball and 2 from basketball.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the highest ranked Latino at No. 9.  Rodriguez may miss the majority if not all of this season with a hip injury.  He’s also been plagued this offseason by reports connecting him to performance enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez will make $29.9 million dollars this year.

At 13 and 14 are New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana followed by Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

New York Knick Carmelo Anthony ranks 16th on the list and is joined by Spaniard Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers (37) as the only two non-baseball playing Latinos there.

Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers (34), triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tiger (36), Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels (46) and Chicago Cubs outfielder Soriano Rivera (50) are also on the list.

The estimates combine salary, winnings and endorsements.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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