Floyd Mayweather insists Conor McGregor only made Forbes rich list top ten because of him and will NEVER be highest-paid athlete

FLOYD MAYWEATHER reckons Conor McGregor only made number four on the Forbes rich list for athletes because of him.

While the former five-weight world champion also insisted the Irishman would never top the list as their war of words continues.

 Floyd Mayweather has revealed Conor McGregor only made the Forbes list because of him

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Floyd Mayweather has revealed Conor McGregor only made the Forbes list because of him
 Mayweather, 41, knocked out McGregor in the tenth round in their bout last August

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Mayweather, 41, knocked out McGregor in the tenth round in their bout last August

McGregor was knocked out in the tenth round against the 41-year-old last August at the T-Mobile Arena, but managed to break the top five of the Forbes list.

But Mayweather has revealed that he is the sole reason for The Notorious' fourth-placed ranking.

Speaking to TMZ, he said: "Number four, Conor is at number four because of me. Before we even fought, I was number one.

"But, we both done big things in 2017. So it was great for both of us."

 Former five-weight world champion Mayweather celebrates after extending his record to 50-0

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Former five-weight world champion Mayweather celebrates after extending his record to 50-0
 Mayweather topped the Forbes number one list for athletes for the third time in his career

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Mayweather topped the Forbes number one list for athletes for the third time in his career

And when asked if the two-weight UFC champ could ever stand alone at the top rankings, Mayweather rubbished such claims.

The three-time Forbes No 1 added: "Absolutely not. Conor McGregor can never get to number one without Floyd Mayweather."

The 1996 Olympic bronze medallist made £212,504,550  in 2017 – with £149,126,000 coming from his bout with the 29-year-old.

While McGregor made £73,817,370 – with £52,194,100 coming from his blockbuster contest with the American.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER reckons Conor McGregor only made number four on the Forbes rich list for athletes because of him.