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Floyd Mayweather Jr. receives double ESPY nomination


Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. received a double nomination on Tuesday from the 2014 ESPY Awards as "Best Male Athlete" and "Best Fighter," according to a release.

"It's been a great year for me and I'm very excited to receive these nominations," said Mayweather, a five-time winner of an ESPY for "Best Fighter" and the first pugilist to be nominated for "Best Male Athlete."

"I know I wouldn't be here without the fans and I'm grateful for the support I've received from them over the years. I appreciate everyone that has already voted for me and those that haven't still have time."

Mayweather (46-0, 26 knockouts) is nominated alongside Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) in the "Best Male Athlete" category and Jon "Bones" Jones, Manny Pacquiao, Ronda Rousey and Andre Ward in the "Best Fighter" Category.

"Floyd is at an incredible place in his career, both from a performance and recognition standpoint. Winning the ESPY for 'Best Male Athlete' would be another indicator of Floyd's stardom," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

"He shows love to all the fans and now they have the opportunity to continue to show their support by taking the time to vote for him and once again prove that he is 'TBE [“the best ever”].'"

Mayweather is also nominated for the BET Award for Sportsman of the Year, which will be announced on June 29 at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, Mayweather's net revenue of $105 million over the course of his majority decision victories over Saul Alvarez and Marcos Maidana in September and May, respectively, made him the world's highest-paid athlete over the past 12 months, according to Forbes' Magazine.

Mayweather earned the honor from the publication for the second time in the past three years. According to the magazine, Mayweather has pocketed at least $25 million over the course of his past nine fights.

In addition, Mayweather's career-best revenue over the last calendar year made him the first athlete other than Tiger Woods to surpass the $100 million mark.

The $105 million also outdoes Mayweather's $85 million which led the list in 2012, when he supplanted professional golf's Tiger Woods. Woods had reigned from 2001 through 2011.

Mayweather earned a guaranteed $41.5 million for his majority decision over Alvarez for THE RING, WBA and WBC 154-pound championships, the highest-grossing boxing event of all time with nearly $150 million in pay-per-view revenue reported. The fight eclipsed the mark of $136 million earned in Mayweather’s 2007 victory over Oscar De la Hoya.

According to Forbes, Mayweather-Alvarez generaged a $20 million gate and around $200 million in total revenue.

Last month, Mayweather pocketed a guaranteed $32 million for his majority decision win over Maidana, matching the amounts he earned for unanimous decisions over Miguel Cotto and Robert Guerrero in May 2012 and May 2013, respectively.

An online report by Forbes estimated that Mayweather’s exclusive six-fight agreement with Showtime – his fourth bout in the deal coming up in September – to be worth at least a guaranteed $250 million to Mayweather. Mayweather made his first-ever appearance on Showtime Pay-Per-View when he beat Guerrero.

In May 2013, Mayweather was also named the highest-paid athlete in American sports for the second straight year according to’s Fortunate 50.

In July of 2012, Mayweather was named the Sports Illustrated’s Fortunate 50 highest-paid American athlete over golfers Phil Mickelson and Woods. In 2013, Mayweather was named highest-paid athlete by ESPN for the second straight time.

Fans can vote on the ESPY website. Voting closes on July 16 prior to the ESPYs telecast on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.