Conor McGregor drops 35 Spots on Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes list for 2022, Jake Paul debuts in the top 50

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor was followed by Jake Paul 10 spots behind him in the forbes highest-paid athletes list

Conor McGregor may have dropped from the top of the highest-paid athlete’s list but with less than 15 minutes of action in the octagon for all of 2021, the Mac is surely still in a league of his own. McGregor who topped the list for 2021 has dropped to number 35 in 2022.


Last year most of his earnings came from the massive sale of his Whiskey, Proper 12 in which he held a majority stake, was sold in a deal that granted him almost $150 million and landed him atop the Forbes highest-paid athlete list over international superstars like LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi.


One can’t have a Proper 12 to sell every year and hence the reason for Conor McGregor’s drastic drop. He isn’t doing too bad all things considered as he managed to make it to number 35 in the rankings with less than 3 rounds of fighting throughout the year. McGregor made a healthy $43 million with $10 Million coming off endorsements while the rest solely through his two bouts against Dustin Poirier.

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Conor McGregor, Tyson Fury, Canelo Alvarez and Jake Paul represent combat sports in the highest-paid athlete list for 2022

Conor McGregor x Jake Paul x Tyson Fury x Canelo
Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury, Conor McGregor, and debutant Jake Paul landed in the top 50 highest-paid athletes

McGregor has frequented the top 50 of the said list since his days as a double champion. His notable appearances on the list include 2021 when he topped the list and 2018 when he made his foray into the top 10, earning $10 million. All of it by means of boxing Floyd Mayweather who topped the list that year with earnings upwards of $280 million. A clip of McGregor meeting Ronaldo at the irishman’s gy in his early days was quite viral last year. In The video McGregor who had just entered the top 50 was seen promising Ronaldo that one day he would top the list like the footballer himself had that year. A promise he indeed fulfilled.

The highest-ranked entry representing Combat Sports on the list is Mexican legend, Saul Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez landed at the #8 spot on the list earning about $90 million with only $5 million coming from endorsements. Tyson Fury was also featured on the list at #18 earning about $62 Million.


A surprising entry to the top 50 was none other than the most divisive personality in boxing, Jake Paul. Paul who had 3 boxing fights against former UFC fighters won all three and managed to earn a sweet $30 million. Jake who is contacted to showtime was one of the highest-earning athletes under 25 being featured alongside stars like Kylian Mbbape.

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