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Asia-Pacific's Highest Earning Athletes

Professional athletes are some of the richest people in the world. Becoming household names by excelling in their sports, these athletes have raked in millions with exclusive contracts, endorsement deals and special appearances.  This weekend alone, Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao is set to make $20 million as he defends his WBO welterweight title against American Shane Mosley.Whether you call it god-given talent or mere luck, there’s no denying that some sport icons have influence

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Asia-Pacific's Highest Earning Athletes

This past weekend, Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao reportedly made nearly $30 million as he defended his WBO welterweight title against American Shane Mosley.

Asia's biggest sports icons are pulling in millions of dollars in endorsement fees and salaries and many have influence that reaches far beyond their respective sports.

We’ve put together a list of Asia’s 10 richest athletes taking into consideration their annual earnings from a mixture of sporting contracts, salary, endorsement deals and appearance fees. We used publicly available media sources such as Forbes, Sports Illustrated and Australia's Business Review Weekly.

Click ahead to find out which athletes are the richest in the Asia-Pacific region.

By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
Posted: May 10, 2011

Photo: Getty Images