UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor had only one fight this year, and although it took place in a boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather, “The Money Fight” was all McGregor needed to stay in the spotlight.
The hype around the Mayweather (50-0 boxing) vs. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 0-1 boxing) bout, which took place in August and saw “The Notorious” lose by TKO in Round 10, was a once-in-a-lifetime circus. The build was fueled with social media antics, and according to Twitter, those antics were among the most shared sports tweets of the year.
Twitter today released its sports awards, and in the “Most Retweeted Athlete Tweets” column, both McGregor and Mayweather landed in the middle portion of the top 10.
At No. 7, with a hair under 250,000 retweets, was McGregor’s fight announcement post from June 14. Obviously instead of Mayweather, he posted a picture of his father, Floyd Sr. (via Twitter):
Mayweather came in at No. 6 on the list with his post-fight victory tweet, which was shared more than 270,000 times. The undefeated boxing legend added another win to his legendary resume, and from his Las Vegas Strip Club “Girl Collection,” he sent a reminder of that at 3 a.m. (via Twitter):
The remainder of the entries on the list were not combat sports related. The No. 1 post went to NBA superstar LeBron James, who called President Donald Trump a “bum” for uninviting NBA champion Stephen Curry to a White House visit after Curry had already stated he had no intention of going (via Twitter):
McGregor’s name also appeared in the “Top Tweeted athlete handles” category. He came in No. 5 behind No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer), No. 2 James (basketball), No. 4 Neymar (soccer) and Colin Kaepernick (football).
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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