It is fair to say that Conor McGregor has come a long way since commencing a plumbing apprenticeship in Dublin in the mid to late 2000s.
He retired for the third time a couple of weeks ago, but given his past comebacks, it would be no surprise to see him back in the Octagon at some point in the near future.
Since his fight with Chad Mendes at UFC 189, his earning power has increased dramatically. For the Mendes fight, it generated almost $50 million in pay-per-view revenue and 825k buys.
In his arguably most famous knockout to date against Jose Aldo, the fight generated 1.2m buys and $72m, as well as $10m at the live gate.
For his first fight with Nate Diaz, this generated a massive 1.5m buys and a cool $90m revenue from PPV.
In the rematch against Nate Diaz, McGregor avenged his loss and made the company and himself a lot of money in the process. This fight generated over 1.65m buys and $99m in PPV revenue and almost $8 million at the live gate.
For his next fight against Eddie Alvarez, he did similar numbers with the PPV revenue and live gate revenue almost hitting $96 million.
By far and away the most lucrative fight, however, was the cross-combat bout with Floyd Mayweather, which did a massive 4.3m PPV buys which generated a mind-blowing $430m in addition to a live gate of $55.4m.
The anticipation generated for the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov led to his most lucrative bout with UFC. It did a massive 2.4m buys with revenue topping $156m. The fight also generated $17.1m from the live gate.
Whilst not hitting the same numbers as previous fights, his most recent bout with Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 still generated a cool 1m buys and $65m and $11m on the live gate.
These astounding numbers mean that across these fights, McGregor has generated as massive 13.275 million buys, generating over $1 billion in PPV revenue and a live gate total of $134.3 million.
Needless to say, if this is the last we have seen of McGregor, he will be living pretty comfortably in retirement.
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