Conor McGregor made a lot of money in 2017 and that earned him top five status among the highest paid athletes in the world.
According to Forbes, who releases an annual list of the highest paid athletes globally, McGregor earned an estimated $99 million in 2017, which puts him No. 4 overall out of all the athletes in the world.
Most of McGregor’s earnings in 2017 came from his lone fight against Floyd Mayweather, where he earned a reported $85 million with another $14 million coming from endorsements.
Breaking Down Conor McGregor’s 2017 Earnings
Here’s what Forbes had to say about McGregor’s earnings:
“McGregor banked an estimated $85 million for the fight, more than five times his previous top paycheck. The fight had 4.3 million PPV buys and generated more than $550 million in revenue. The Irishman signed a slew of deals over the past 12 months with the buzz around the Mayweather fight. His current partners are Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile, and Betsafe. He also has a residency deal with the Wynn Las Vegas for all of his afterparties, and his digital properties, Conor McGregor FAST Program, MacMoji App, MacTalk App and the Mac Life, also generate cash.”
While McGregor came in at No. 4, his opponent, Floyd Mayweather, ended up at No. 1 overall with reported earnings at $285 million.
McGregor is the only mixed martial artist on the list for 2018.
As far as other combat sports athletes, boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez came in at No. 15 with $44.5 million earned, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at No. 25 with $39 million, and Gennady Golovkin at No. 75 with $25 million.
McGregor definitely made a huge jump after coming in at No. 24 last year, after he reportedly earned $34 million following a pair of lucrative fights against Nate Diaz as well as his championship win over Eddie Alvarez in 2016.