Conor McGregor’s growing bank account has placed him in select company.
“The Notorious” Irishman ranks No. 24 among Forbes Top 100 highest-paid athletes, which tracks earnings in both salary and endorsements over the past 12 months. According to Forbes, McGregor raked in $27 million in salary/winnings and $7 million in endorsements for a total of $34 million. McGregor is the only mixed martial artist to make the Top 100. The next closest combat sports athlete on the list is Canelo Alvarez at No. 43, with total earnings of $28.5 million. Heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko is tied for 98th at $21.5 million.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 1 with 93 million in salary and endorsements, while NBA standout LeBron James is No. 2 at $86.2 million.
McGregor could potentially rank even higher on the next edition of the Forbes list should his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. come to fruition. UFC President Dana White has estimated that McGregor could earn in the neighborhood of $75 million if the bout is signed.
Forbes states that McGregor earned $27 million for his victories over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 and Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. That figure reportedly includes McGregor’s cut of the pay-per-views, both of which produced more than 1 million buys. The report also claims that McGregor “has let many of his endorsement deals lapse as he gears up for the spotlight and potentially bigger deals that would come with a Mayweather fight.” McGregor is not without endorsements, however, as he signed new deals with Anheuser-Bush and Beats by Dre in spring 2017, according to Forbes.
McGregor, the UFC’s reigning lightweight champion, has not competed in the Octagon since vanquishing Alvarez to claim that crown last November. The date for his return to the UFC remains uncertain as he pursues the lucrative fight with Mayweather.