(“What can I say? Beef jerky and flattops don’t pay for themselves.”)
As the rest of us scramble to get our taxes done in the hopes of getting back a nominal return, the world’s highest paid athletes laugh at us from their million-dollar penthouse apartments as they light thousand-dollar cigars with hundred dollar bills as their accountants write checks to Uncle Sam on their behalf to cover what they owe for the year.
Sadly, what the top ball throwers, dribblers, catchers, hitters and kickers pay out in yearly taxes equals more than many of us will make in a single year as long as we live. According to ESPN The Magazine, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is a member of that elite club as well.
In a report released today by ETM, Lesnar was the top money earner in the all of MMA last year with a whopping 2010 take-home of $5,300,000 for bouts with Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, or $7,670.04 per second of work. These figures don’t include sponsorship money. For those keeping score, the highest paid athlete on the list, Manny Pacquiao who grossed $32,000,000 only averaged $7,407. 41 per second.
Not bad for a pro fighter who has an aversion to getting punched in the face and who only has seven fights under his belt.
Can you see him now?