Forbes Lists Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor, and Canelo Alvarez Among Highest Paid Athletes of 2016
Floyd Mayweather has been the highest paid athlete three of the last five years and comes in this year at #16.
Manny Pacquiao, who made a ton of money for fighting Floyd Mayweather and an international star in his own right, comes in at #63.
McGregor is the only UFC fighter on the list coming in at #85, although Ronda Rousey makes the list of highest-paid female athletes of 2016.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is ranked at #92 coming off a huge knockout win over Amir Khan. The biggest fight that could be made in boxing right now is Canelo against GGG.
Conor McGregor’s mention on the list is the most notable to me. Floyd Mayweather is obviously the biggest moneymaker in combat sports and Manny Pacquiao is one of the most famous athletes in Asia so it makes sense that they are the first two fighters named.
With McGregor and Rousey being so high we can tell that the UFC has enough money to be throwing around some serious dollars to the company’s top financial performers. The purse listings for bottom-level fighters might make the UFC the sport with the highest pay disparity in sports.
The listing in Forbes for McGregor doesn’t seem to include an extra contract he has with the UFC outside of his purse and win bonuses for actually fighting. McGregor, if all of his earnings were disclosed, would most likely be significantly higher on the list.