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Conor McGregor not as famous as Floyd Mayweather, according to ESPN ‘World Fame 100’

The sports media giant’s third annual ranking of the biggest names in sports.

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, has once again finished behind retired boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr., this time in the ESPN “World Fame 100” list.

The sports media giant ranked the popularity of the world’s most famous athletes, using internet search score, endorsement dollars, and social media followers to determine the top 100 out of an initial field of 600.

Sorry to inform all you folks still in high school, but life remains a popularity contest no matter how far (or how old) you get.

McGregor placed No. 18 — four spots behind Mayweather at No. 14 — with a search score of 172, total endorsement dollars of nine million, and a social media following of 22.6 million. Not too shabby from someone who hasn’t seen the Octagon since Nov. 2016.


Conor McGregor’s boxing record reads 0-1, but he is in the region of $100 million richer for it. Not bad for a year in which his combined time in the ring and octagon totals the 10 rounds he lasted against Floyd Mayweather in their August megafight in Las Vegas. But he is never far from headlines. When “The Notorious” posts a video on Instagram, it goes viral, but after he threw a hand truck through a bus window with Khabib Nurmagomedov aboard, McGregor was worldwide news. A bail fee of $50,000 and a charge of assault and criminal mischief followed, but it has only stoked the fires ahead of a potential showdown with Nurmagomedov in what would be the biggest matchup in UFC history. McGregor is ever box office.

See the complete list here.

Despite his absence from UFC, McGregor kept himself in the headlines by boxing Mayweather back in August, then returned to the front pages when he boxed a transport van in a Brooklyn arena just last month.

Both can be considered losses.

For those of you who actually care about these lists, soccer superstar and social media deity Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list at No. 1, while tennis phenom Sania Mirza held down the caboose at No. 100.

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