Conor McGregor will reportedly overtake Cristiano Ronaldo in Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes following his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
According to the MailOnline's Will Griffee, McGregor is set to earn £77 million for fighting Mayweather despite his 10th-round TKO defeat, and the Irishman can stand to earn more through sponsorship deals or further fights before the year's end.
Conor McGregor set to surpass C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid star Ronaldo sits atop this year's rich list with earnings of £71 million. The Notorious infamously predicted he would overtake Ronaldo on the list when he met the forward last year, saying: "You were No. 1 on the Forbes list; I was like No. 35 or something. I'll get up. Maybe next year I'll get you."
According to Griffee, Ronaldo is said to have replied with "I don't think so," but it appears McGregor may well have been right thanks to Saturday's super fight.
C. Ronaldo Meets McGregor
McGregor's opponent, Mayweather, looks set to eclipse them both at the top, though, as he could reportedly earn as much as £233 million after winning the bout to extend his record to 50-0.
Money retired once again after the fight, while McGregor pledged he is "still gonna raise the MMA cheques" when he returns to UFC, per Fox Sports.
Forbes' Brian Mazique believes McGregor's career earnings would be even higher had he followed a career in boxing from the start. That may well be the case, however, after becoming the face of the UFC, the 29-year-old is nevertheless riding the crest of a wave, and his high-profile crossover has evidently been extremely lucrative.
According to Forbes' Matt Connolly, McGregor's three headline UFC events in 2016 brought in an estimated four million pay-per-view buys, along with a combined $33.5 million in ticket sales.
With McGregor's draw seemingly climbing ever higher, further fights in 2017 and beyond may even see those numbers increase.
Conor McGregor (Irish: Conchúr Antóin Mac Gréagóir); born 14 July 1988, is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. During his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, McGregor has competed as a featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. As of 2017, McGregor is ranked 3rd on UFC's pound for pound rankings.
In 2008, McGregor started his MMA career and, in 2012, he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, holding both titles simultaneously before vacating them to sign with the UFC. In 2015, at UFC 194, he defeated José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout thirteen seconds into the first round. This was the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. Upon defeating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
McGregor has established himself as the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history as he has main-evented four out of the six highest selling pay-per-view events in UFC history. His headline bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 garnered the most buys ever for an MMA PPV event.
McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his debut boxing match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. via TKO.
Conor McGregor, Before He Entered Boxing
On 9 March 2008, McGregor had his first professional MMA bout, as a lightweight, defeating Gary Morris with a second-round TKO. After McGregor won his second fight against Mo Taylor, he made his featherweight debut in a loss via submission against Artemij Sitenkov. After a victory at featherweight in his next bout against Stephen Bailey, McGregor contemplated a different career path before his mother contacted his coach John Kavanagh and reinvigorated him to continue pursuing mixed martial arts.
McGregor then won his next fight, also at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before moving back to lightweight for a fight against Joseph Duffy, where he received his second professional loss after submitting to an arm-triangle choke. Following this, during 2011 and 2012, McGregor went on an eight fight win streak, during which he won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships, making him the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. In February 2013, UFC president Dana White made a trip to Dublin, Ireland to receive a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College and was inundated with requests to sign McGregor to the UFC.