Conor McGregor joins former rival Floyd Mayweather in elite two-man club

Conor McGregor has joined Floyd Mayweather in an exclusive club of just two athletes to earn over $200million within a calendar year.

The pair are both massive earners in their respective sports, and made hundreds of millions between them for their crossover fight in 2017, which was the second biggest boxing pay-per-view event of all time.

And now the pair share one very exclusive honour, with McGregor’s reported $170m (£120m) sale of whiskey company Proper 12 on top of a massive money PPV fight with Dustin Poirier and a number of endorsements taking him over the $200m mark.

Mayweather has done it twice before, but McGregor, who topped the Forbes list of highest earners in sport this year, has now joined the boxing legend in the 200 club.

Both men will return to their sports this summer, with Mayweather set to face YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition boxing match on June 6 in Miami.

McGregor will then welcome back capacity crowds to Las Vegas when he takes on Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight with gigantic implications at the T-Mobile Arena on July 10.

They are both expected to make tens of millions for their respective returns, and a rematch between the two isn’t completely off the table in future.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are two of the richest athletes ever
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are two of the richest athletes ever

Mayweather has teased working with UFC president Dana White, while McGregor has always shown an interest in rematching the opponents he’s taken losses against.

He fought Nate Diaz twice in 2016 after a big upset loss early in the year, and even claims to have played a part in the UFC signing Joseph Duffy, an Irish fighter who had beat him on a Cage Warriors show in 2010, with sights set on a potential rematch that never played out.

He also joked about potentially bringing in journeyman Artemij Sitenkov to the UFC, who handed him his first pro loss on a regional Irish show in 2008.

After losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, McGregor immediately set his sights on climbing back up the rankings to get a rematch with the Russian, but there was no interest from his foe.

He will face Poirier in a trilogy this summer to attempt to avenge his loss back in January at UFC 257, with the winner expected to fight champion Charles Oliveira.

Mayweather, on the other hand, has never tasted defeat in the pro ranks of boxing, and was only ever knocked down once in his career after injuring his hand with a punch.

McGregor goaded his former opponent on Instagram after a brawl broke out between Mayweather and Paul’s brother Jake at their pre-fight press conference.

The Irishman claimed Mayweather would ‘not scratch’ earnings of $10m for the bout with YouTube star Paul, who is 0-1 as a professional and multiple weight classes heavier than the boxing legend.

“Whatever way you spin this, it’s sad,” McGregor said in a post which was like almost two million times. “Fight someone for real, on your record, or f*** off mate.”


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