Following on from his record-breaking foray into the boxing world last August, Conor McGregor has officially cracked the top-5 on the Forbes highest-paid athletes list.
Another week, another milestone reached for the former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor it seems. Inactive since last August, McGregor’s detractors have been having a field-day in his absence given that the last time we saw him in action was when he was on the receiving end of a tenth-round TKO at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.
The fight was hyped beyond the level anything we have ever seen before in either boxing or MMA, and with good reason.
As one of the rare meetings between both worlds, the tension could be felt in the air from the off. Not for any reasons relating to the potential competitiveness of the eventual bout, but moreso due to the things we learnt about both sports and their respective sets of fans in the leadup.
Sure, the fight was entertaining but above all else, it was an unapologetic cash-grab that left a pretty sour taste in the mouths of those who tuned in.
Two men who most certainly weren’t complaining when all was said and done in Las Vegas that night were, of course, the pair who were involved in the matchup, a pair who managed to stake out two top-5 spots for themselves in the recently released Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes list.
Mayweather, unsurprisingly, came in at first-placed after bagging himself $275 million in salary as well as $10 million in endorsements. Then, following on from the second and third-placed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo comes McGregor – who with $84 million in earnings and $14 million in endorsements, truly established himself within that upper-echelon after some steady improvement since originally bursting onto the list a few years ago.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena