4 athletes with ties to Minnesota are among the world's highest-paid athletes, Forbes says

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Joe Mauer

No athlete on the planet raked in more dough than undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. did between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. 

Mayweather made $275 million in the ring and another $10 million in endorsements for a cool $285 million last year, which tops Forbes' new list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, and is more than double that of the second highest-paid athlete, soccer icon Lionel Messi ($111 million). 

Four athletes with connections to Minnesota made the top 100, led by new Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who ranks 55th with $28.4 million entering his pockets. That includes $26.9 million in salary and another $1.5 million in endorsements. 

Former Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love ranks 60th. He made $26.9 million, $4 million of which was through endorsements. 

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Another former Minnesota athlete, Sam Bradford, deposited $24.3 million to his bank to rank 80th. After missing nearly all of last season with an injury, Bradford is entering his first season with the Arizona Cardinals. 

And in at No. 86 is the man who's making $23 million for an eighth consecutive year, Joe Mauer. Mauer signed his eight-year, $184 million deal with the Twins in 2011, meaning the 35-year-old St. Paul native is due to become a free agent for the first time in his career after this season. 

Mauer made another $500,000 in endorsements for a total of $23.5 million.

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