Conor McGregor is currently the biggest star in combat sports. With that popularity, also comes a lot of influence, especially from his home country in Ireland. In an interview with BBC, he was asked about the chances of him using his standing for a possible political position.
It’s something athletes like Manny Pacquiao and NBA’s Kevin Johnson decided to pursue, but it doesn’t seem to interest McGregor at this point.
"I look at politicians and they're almost hated by everyone and I don't want to be in that position,” he said. "I like to help people and do my thing from where I'm at. I’m almost my own President (in) my own way. I don’t really need to get into politics.
“Whatever I say, whatever I do, it's everywhere. If I do good, it’s blowing up everywhere, if I do bad it’s blowing up everywhere.”
This is also where McGregor shared an interesting tidbit on how much he earns outside of fighting.
"I must use my power and my position of power to do good. I'm not going to seek a title, what would be the purpose of me going into politics?
“Would it be revenue? What does a politician earn, 100,000 a year? I'm talking half a million a month I'm on, and that’s nothing to do with (fighting). I'm happy where I am at, I am the president in my own way."
McGregor didn’t specify where that outside income comes from, but for what it’s worth, Forbes estimated that the UFC champion earned $7 million in sponsorship last year. He could’ve also earned new sponsorships following the Mayweather bout, but that figure from 2016-2017 would roughly amount to $583,000 (or 500,000 Euros) per month during that stretch.
If his $100 million earning estimate for the Mayweather fight holds true, Floyd and him would likely be at number 1 and 2 at next year’s Forbes list. McGregor has also claimed that he wants to overtake Mayweather and top that list, and he can conceivably achieve that by negotiating a better deal, and fighting a couple of times before Forbes’ mid-2018 cutoff.
McGregor says he is currently asking for “equity,” “ownership” and something more enticing as he negotiates for a return bout with the UFC.