Conor McGregor is arguably the most popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter out there with Notorious a world wide name and that has paid off with Notorious breaking into Forbes top-5 Highest Paid Athletes list.
The Irishman no doubt finds himself on the list thanks to his multi-million dollar fight with Floyd Mayweather, a clash that broke all records. The much hyped fight was seen as a clash between the master of the UFC against undefeated Boxing champion Mayweather.
💰 Boxers on @Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes list for the past year:
1⃣ Floyd Mayweather – $285m
4⃣ Conor McGregor – $99m
1⃣5⃣ Canelo Alvarez – $44.5m
2⃣5⃣ Anthony Joshua – $39m
7⃣2⃣ Gennady Golovkin – $25m
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 5, 2018
The fight did not live up to the billing looking like an unapologetic cash-grab event and despite being TKO in the tenth round, McGregor went home a rich man. Notorious pocketed a cool $85 million in earnings and $14 million in endorsements in the year to firmly establish himself within that upper-echelon of sports stars, after some steady improvement since originally bursting onto the list a few years ago.
Money Mayweather unsurprisingly tops the list with $275 million in salary as well as $10 million in endorsements followed by footballing superstars Lionel Messi ($111m) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($108m). Another footballer in Neymar rounds of the top-5 list with earnings of $90m.
The top-10 Forbes List of Highest Paid Athletes
- Floyd Mayweather – $285m (Boxing)
- Lionel Messi – $111m (Soccer)
- Cristiano Ronaldo – $108m (Soccer)
- Conor McGregor – $99m (MMA)
- Neymar – $90m (Soccer)
- LeBron James – $85.5m (Basketball)
- Roger Federer – $77.2m (Tennis)
- Stephen Curry – $76.9 (Basketball)
- Matt Ryan – $67.3 (Football)
- Matthew Stafford – $59.5m (Football)