Floyd Mayweather Exposing the Real Truth As Conor McGregor Knocked From the Top of Forbes’ 2022 World’s Richest Athletes List

Published 05/12/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor face off during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Forbes’s top-ten highest-paid list is out. It came as a surprise to all Conor McGregor fans as it dropped, the last year’s highest-paid UFC star from the top-ten list. Interestingly, it stunned ‘The Notorious’, who is not earning even close to what Floyd Mayweather made during the prime days of his career.


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Let’s take a look at Conor McGregor’s earnings against Floyd Mayweather.


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In the most hyped event of boxing in the year 2017, ‘The Notorious’ stepped first time into the boxing ring against the five-weight division champ Floyd Mayweather. The exciting anticipation made new milestones by selling record pay-per-view. According to reports, 4.3million people bought the fight, and 2.93 watched it on illegal streams.

The guaranteed purse for Mayweather was $100million and for McGregor was $30million. After the fight, the estimated earnings of ‘The Pretty Boy’ were $280million and McGregor’s earnings touched $130million from the fight.

Apart from this, ‘The Notorious‘ launched a Whiskey brand ‘Proper Twelve’ which turn out to be a massive success. This made UFC star the highest-paid athlete the previous year with a record earning of $180million.

Comparison between biggest paydays of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

‘The Pretty Boy’ of boxing is undoubtedly the biggest pay-per-view star in the history of boxing. The numbers he made in the ring prove why Mayweather is a synonym for ‘Money’.

Biggest paydays of Mayweather

Certainly, Mayweather’s crossover with UFC star is on the list. Other than this, Mayweather had earned some lucrative payday against southpaw great Manny Pacquiao and current pound-for-pound Canelo Alvarez.

Per Bleacher Reports, Mayweather earned a record $180million through his fight against ‘Pac-Man’. It was such a big fight that the finances related to this clash caught the attention of fans around the globe.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Along with this, Mayweather had one of the biggest collisions with the Mexican icon in 2013. The guaranteed purse set for Mayweather was $40million. As it was a big moment for American boxing so it did great on pay-per-view. In total, the former undefeated champ earned over $100million.

Biggest paydays of Conor McGregor

McGregor certainly took the UFC to its new heights. The charisma of the Irish delivered the biggest showdowns in the history of combat sport.

The most famous among them was his rivalry with Dustin Poirier which materialized the trilogy.

Per reports, McGregor made over $23million in a fight that ended on an unfortunate note. After Mayweather’s fight, this was probably the biggest payday for McGregor.

Before that, the duo met at UFC 257, which gave McGregor a guaranteed purse of $5million.


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Along with that McGregor clinched a hefty sum against another UFC legend Nate Diaz. According to reports, he made $3million breaking all previous records for a rematch against Nate Diaz. In the first matchup with Diaz, McGregor had made $1million.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So by comparing the biggest paydays of modern-day combat sports stars, the conclusion highlights that McGregor is not earning even close to what Mayweather made in his prime days.


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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.