Conor McGregor Earned an Insane Amount in 2020 as World’s Highest-Paid Athlete

by Josh Lanier
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It pays to be Notorious. Conor McGregor, the Notorious One, raked in an unbelievable amount of money last year, and most of it came from outside the ring.

According to Forbes, McGregor earned $180 million in 2020. But he didn’t earn much of that in the octagon. He raked in about $22 million for his loss to Dustin Poirier last year. Most of his substantial haul came from endorsements, with the lion’s share coming from his Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey. The Irishman sold his majority stake in the company last year for $150 million to Proximo Spirits.

That makes him only the third athlete in history to earn more than $70 million outside of their sport while still competing. Only Tiger Woods and Roger Federer have done it before him, Forbes said. McGregor has had an insane few years, financially speaking. In 2018, he made $99 million in his fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Conor McGregor has another big payday next month. He’ll face off against Poirier for the third time at UFC 264 on July 10.

He’s made so much money, that he joked he had enough to buy Manchester United, one of the most valuable Premier League teams. Though he’s had an impressive few years, it’s unlikely he has the $4.2 billion the soccer team is valued at.

Soccer stars were high on the list this year. Lionel Messi reportedly pulled in $130 million and Cristiano Ronaldo earned $120 million. The Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott pulled in $107.5 million and LeBron James scored $96.5 million to round out the top five, Forbes said.

The only other NBA or NFL stars on the list were Tom Brady, who came in ninth with $76 million. And Kevin Durant who earned $75 million to finish off the top 10.

Conor McGregor Bought The Bar Where He Assaulted A Man

This seems more like a spite purchase than a sound financial decision. But The Daily Mail announced that Conor McGregor recently purchased the Marble Arch pub. That’s the bar where he was filmed sucker-punching a 50-year-old patron two years ago.

The spiteful move cost McGregor £2 million (around $2.77 million) to purchase the bar in Dublin, Ireland. And he’s spending more than a million to renovate it.

And in true McGregor fashion, his first move as owner was to ban the man he punched, Des Keogh, from ever entering again.

Supposedly, the fighter didn’t take kindly to Keogh refusing a free shot of McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey. McGregor issued a public apology and admitted the assault in a Dublin court. He was fined just under $1,200 for the incident.

But Keogh said he doesn’t mind McGregor barring him.

“I’m not really concerned because I probably wouldn’t be going back to it now,” Keogh told the Irish Mirror in an exclusive interview. “I wouldn’t be going back anyway, probably especially now. I wouldn’t want to be spending money in his pub to be honest.”

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