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Conor McGregor’s dream of topping the Forbes rich-list of highest-paid athletes is probably going to be foiled by a familiar foe.
A reported $100 million (£77 million) payday for going 10 rounds with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday will mean he goes some way to achieving this.
But just as Mayweather triumphed in the ring, his earning power will also probably put him at the top of the money tree.
Mayweather banked a guaranteed $100 million ‘purse’ for last Saturday’s Las Vegas showdown, while he could earn a further $200 million from pay-per-view revenue.
To match Mayweather’s $300 million earnings, McGregor would have to line up some more mega fights before next June, when Forbes publishes its annual athlete rich list.
His biggest UFC pay-day to date was $3 million for his 2016 battle with Nate Diaz, according to MMA Weekly. He would have to take part in 67 more of these fights to achieve parity with Mayweather.
It means McGregor may have to settle for number two, which is still a significant improvement on his current placing of 24th. Ronaldo topped this year’s ranking after taking home $93 million (£72 million), according to Forbes.