On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from Mayweather, who defeated the UFC superstar by 10th-round technical knockout in their hyped boxing match in August.
“Conor’s at No. 4 because of me,” he said. “I’m No. 1, and the guy that’s No. 4 is because of me.”
Though McGregor would likely want some credit for helping sell their cross-sport clash, it’s hard to argue with Mayweather’s point.
The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion ranked in a tie for 24th on the 2017 list with earnings of $34 million. That figure jumped to $99 million over the past calendar year.
McGregor acknowledged the financial windfall from his first career boxing match was unlike anything he’s had in the past.
He said in September (via Forbes):
“You know, you get your show money and then you gather all your other information—the gate, the pay-per-view, the sponsorship revenue, the merchandise sales. It’s my first time as a promoter of an event, so it’s my first time kind of diving into all of these things. I’m building a nice little team of auditors to make sure all these numbers people are telling me are correct.”
McGregor has yet to make an Octagon return since his foray into the more lucrative world of boxing.
Meanwhile, Mayweather was estimated by Forbes to have earned $285 million. He’s said the McGregor bout, which improved his record to 50-0, was his final career fight. We’ll see whether his third retirement sticks or if he returns for at least one more monster payday.