McGregor moves upon annual list of highest paid athletes

June 7, 2017

Conor McGregor landed on this year’s Forbes Highest Paid Athletes.  It’s a step up from last year’s earnings of $22 million as McGregor registers in with a reported $34 million.

McGregor’s pay of $27 million plus an additional $7 million in endorsements.  McGregor fought three times in 2016 which averages $9 million per fight.  His earnings was enough for 24th on the list.

In boxing Canelo Alvarez and Anthony Joshua made the list. At 43, Alvarez made $28.5 million ($27M fights, $1.5M endorsements) At 88, Joshua made $22 million ($18.5M fights $3.5M endorsements).

Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list again with $93M total.  The soccer star made $58M in salary and $35M in endorsements.  LeBron James was second with $86.2M total, $31.2 salary and $55M in endorsements.

Payout Perspective:

Impressive ascension on the list for McGregor as he made more in 2016 than Canelo.  While Alvarez fought twice and Conor fought three times, I assumed that Canelo would have made more overall and would have cleaned up in endorsements.  Yet, with only $1.5 million in endorsements, Anthony Joshua’s healthy stable of endorsements is better than Canelo.  The $7 million for McGregor is a testament’s to Conor’s ability to market himself as a viable brand.

18 Responses to “McGregor moves upon annual list of highest paid athletes”

  1. d on June 7th, 2017 9:14 PM

    The number for Alvarez is pure fiction. His purse figures totaled 7m in two fights. They are attempting to claim that Canelo made 20m on the back end of two fights, neither of which broke 400k buys. That’s delusional and flat out false. He probably didn’t even make 15m from his fights last year. This just another example of how Forbes knows nothing about these sport’s financials. They don’t even do basic research. They just take numbers that are thrown out there by promoters.

  2. d on June 8th, 2017 6:52 AM

    The Joshua numbers are false too. Notice none of these UK figures are publicly disclosed by any type of sanctioning body. Hearn gave multiple purse figures for Joshua’s fight against Klitschko. That’s very telling. Promoters lie.

  3. Marco Contreras on June 8th, 2017 7:08 AM

    Nice to see them making money instead of the promoter. It’s expected both Joshua and Canelo to make even more this year considering boxing is in a huge upswing

  4. Fight Fan on June 8th, 2017 7:16 AM

    D “fake news”!

  5. Marco Contreras on June 8th, 2017 7:20 AM

    I am pretty new here but this D character has that scarcity mentality, you know not just one athlete or sport can prosper

  6. d on June 8th, 2017 1:32 PM

    Glad you’ve finally seen the light FF.

  7. d on June 8th, 2017 1:32 PM

    Hahaha. Sure “Marco”. I bet you are new here. How many aliases do you have?

    Also, what are you rambling about?

  8. TopsE on June 8th, 2017 3:52 PM

    Dw out of negotiation…..wme just clipped his powers hahahahaha….

  9. Wil on June 8th, 2017 8:09 PM

    TopsE, I saw that, I think he pissed off TMT with the “50% is fair” talk…..WME NEEDS this mayweather fight to make those interest payments, the ppvs are not selling and ratings are down. Without Mcgregor fighting, UFC just isn’t pulling big money and Bellator is gaining ground

  10. d on June 8th, 2017 9:33 PM

    “Bellator is gaining ground”

    What universe do you live in?

    I love Bellator, but let’s get real. They’ve done 1 ppv in the history of their company, they loaded it and still did 100k buys at most. They aren’t even close to being in the same ballpark.

    None of us know WME’s business plan, but if they need this fight, they had no business buying the UFC. One would assume they laid out a 5, possibly 10 year plan. This isn’t your standard 3 year business plan.

  11. TopsE on June 9th, 2017 3:32 AM

    Yup Wil…they are under intense pressure,first year arriving and nothings happening….dw threatening mighty mouse and the division is desperation….hahahaha

  12. Wil on June 9th, 2017 11:28 AM

    Even mighty mouse has had enough of their bs…I wondered when he would start speaking out like Woodley. And he is totally right.

  13. TopsE on June 9th, 2017 3:09 PM
  14. d on June 9th, 2017 5:41 PM

    Wil starting up again with his race baiting nonsense. Those guys don’t draw ratings, that’s the reality of the situation. Johnson is arguably the lowest drawing headliner they’ve had in the past decade or possibly ever.

  15. Wil on June 9th, 2017 8:00 PM

    Stop playing the race card, Hanson.

  16. d on June 10th, 2017 9:17 AM

    Now you are talking to yourself and referring to yourself as Hanson…interesting. You get weirder by the days. Haha.

  17. Fight Fan on June 10th, 2017 1:08 PM

    McTapper vs Floyd negotiaions are going great lol. Ufc has nothing big planned.

  18. d on June 10th, 2017 6:38 PM

    Jones-DC will be the biggest fight of the year in combat sports, depending on who GSP fights or if McGregor fights again by the end of the year.

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