Conor McGregor was paid $30 million for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, which as 888sport have found ranks him as the second ‘richest loser’ in boxing history
Conor McGregor has been ranked as the ‘second richest loser’ in boxing history after his only fight in the ring against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
In what was dubbed “The biggest fight in combat sports history”, the five division world boxing champion Mayweather defeated the UFC star McGregor by tenth round TKO.
The fight was a huge success internationally, selling 4.3 million buys in North America and also achieving in excess of 1 million PPV buys in the UK. Only Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao has surpassed the fight for total PPV buys.
The two weight UFC champion McGregor pocketed a $30 million purse for the fight, whilst Mayweather took home a whopping $100m. McGregor has not fought in boxing since the loss and Mayweather retired from professional competition after the fight.
And recent research by 888sport has shown that McGregor is the second ‘richest loser’ in boxing history after his solo venture against Mayweather.
After McGregor’s $30m purse for the 2017 fight is adjusted for inflation, it’s worth an estimated $32.6 million today.
The ‘richest loser’ on the list is Oscar De La Hoya, as he was paid $21 million for the first loss of his career against Felix Trinidad in 1999. In today’s money, that sum would be worth $33.6 million.
Former heavyweight champion and boxing legend Mike Tyson appears twice on the list at No.3 and No.10, earning an inflated rate of $30.4 million for his loss to Michael Spinks and $25.9 million for his loss to Lennox Lewis.
Manny Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Juan Marquel Marquez in their fourth and final right in 2012, but the eight division champion earned a massive $30.2 million after inflation which placed him at No.4 on the list.
De La Hoya, who returns to the ring next month to fight former UFC star Vitor Belfort, also appeared at No.5 on the list as he earned an inflated rate of $30.2 million for his loss to Mayweather in 2007.
Two of ‘The Fabulous Four’ were also on the list as Sugar Ray Leonard appeared at No.6 and Marvin Hagler was at No.7. Leonard earned $29.1 million for his loss to Roberto Duran in 1980. Hagler pocketed an inflated rate of $28.2 million when he lost to Leonard in 1987.
At No.8 on the list was former heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney. The ‘Gentleman’ earned $27.6 million after inflation when he suffered the first defeat of his career against former champion Larry Holmes in 1982.
Finally, the historic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman came in at No.9. Foreman was knocked out in the eighth round by the legendary Ali, and ‘Big George’ would earn an inflated rate of $27.1 million for the loss.