Despite his two successive defeats in the ring, Philippine boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquaio remained in Forbes’ list of 100 top celebrity list, knocking out his most controversial opponent, American Floyd Mayweather, who ranked 88th. Pacquiao was ranked 78th.
Pacquaio, who was recently reelected congressman of Sarangani province, skidded from his 33rd ranking last year.
Topping the Forbes list was television host Oprah Winfrey. Singer Lady Gaga is No. 2.
Pacquiao, according to Forbes, earned $34 million and moneywise, was ranked 57th, just like Mayweather.
The Filipino suffered two consecutive defeats in the hands of American Timothy Bradley and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked him out in their fight last December 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Forbes lists the top 100 celebrities in terms of money earned, fame, and social popularity.
Mayweather recently said the Filipino boxing icon is a product of media hype.
Pacquiao, according to Forbes, is more popular than Mayweather in Facebook, blogs, Twitter and other social media outlets. Pacquiao’s social ranking is higher than business mogul Donald Trump (59th), musician Jay-Z (66th), and actor Robert Downey Jr., the star of the “Iron Man” movie series.
Pacquiao and Mayweather are tied in terms of pay ($57 million), but Mayweather was ahead in terms of TV/ Radio and Press interviews, 92 to 90; compared to Pacquiao’s 82 and 81 rankings. Mayweather is more marketable at 85 compared to Pacquaio’s 62.
The marketability rank “is a measure of how desirable each celebrity is to marketers,” according to Forbes. Pacquiao is tied in Marketability with singer Rihanna and sprint star Usain Bolt.
Mayweather will fight Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September while Pacquaio will try to regain confidence and prestige when he goes up against American Brandon Rios in November.
Other sports personalities in the Forbes list are tennis star Roger Federer (No. 8) with $71 million, Tiger Woods (No. 15) who pocketed $78 million and Miami Heat power forward Lebron James (No. 16) with $60 million pay.
Also in the top 10 are Steven Spielberg (No. 3), Beyoncé (No. 4) and Madonna (No. 5), Taylor Swift (No. 6), Bon Jovi (No.7), Roger Federer (No. 8), Justin Beiber (No. 9) and Ellen DeGeneres (No. 10).
Among the notable newcomers are Hugh Jackman (No. 11); Channing Tatum (No. 23); Jennifer Lawrence (No. 49); Emma Stone (No. 84); Mila Kunis (No. 89) and Amy Poehler (No. 92). Athletes Usain Bolt (No. 48); Drew Brees (No. 50) and Danica Patrick (No. 91).
Those who were dropped from the list are Elton John, Alex Rodriguez, Adele, Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon and Brad Pitt, among others.