2020 featured the highly anticipated comeback of MMA superstar ‘the Notorious’ Conor McGregor. The former double champ announced his arrival with a quick 40 second knockout win over Donald Cerrone.
‘Money’ has always been a term associated with McGregor’s name. His comeback rightfully brought in a huge splurge of what he would call ‘a red panty night’. And despite the COVID-19 outbreak, McGregor finds himself at a healthy spot in Forbes’ 100 highest paid athletes list.
McGregor and the curious case of COVID!
2020 was supposed to be a ‘comeback season’ for the Irish sensation. However things didn’t work out the way everybody wanted to. The pandemic spilled beans on his plan to compete at least thrice in this year which could have led to more money making opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic halted every other sport in the world. The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019.
McGregor received a huge fight payday with a whooping $5 million guaranteed purse. The amount approximately translates to 35 crore INR. The amount added with PPV purchases, exponentially increased his purse for the year. The purse earned him a respectable #16 in the list.
2020 was also a big year for McGregor’s Proper 12 whiskey business. The company made it’s biggest milestone as it was able to tap into a wealthy boxing community. Proper 12 was the proud sponsor of the much anticipated boxing card featuring a rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Obviously that may have added as well.
Tyson Fury and other combat athletes!
The list featured three combat athletes alongside McGregor. The top of them all had current WBC boxing heavyweight champ Tyson Fury at #11. Fury took on arch rival Deontay Wilder in a rematch back in February. Needless to say, the fight generated massive revenue for both Fury and Wilder. The list had Wilder at #20 spot as well. Another notable name in the list was that of another boxing champ Anthony Joshua.
Joshua took on Andy Ruiz in a rematch where he regained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles. Joshua had lost them when they previously fought. The loss was a huge upset which paved the way for an even bigger rematch.