With all this talk of a potential crossover megabout between boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, fans have seem to have forgotten about the only guy who has defeated McGregor in the last seven years. Nate Diaz, was caught up in training recently and decided to send a message to both Mayweather and McGregor.
Spending time in training camp of former boxing world champion Andrzej Fonfara, Diaz is working alongside veteran boxing coach Virgil Hunter. Diaz gave his take on the whole Mayweather-McGregor topic and told fans what he wants to happen next.
“I’m just training, trying to stay in shape. They called me for camp so it’s perfect. I’ve just been training at home and not doing much,” said Diaz.
“They said I was waiting for Conor McGregor. But I wasn’t waiting for Conor McGregor. I’ve already beat him twice. I was just training so that if I was going to fight again anytime soon, it’s going to be a big deal. A money fight where I get paid regardless.”
Diaz who possesses some of the best boxing skills among UFC fighters, has dabbled in the sweet science for years. He and his brother Nick has regularly trained with multiple pro boxers, among them middleweight champion Andre Ward. Now he’s serving as sparring partner for Fonfara.
Fonfara (29-4, 17 KO’s) is scheduled to take on Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KO’s) this June.
Diaz for the most part is intent on getting his Nevada boxing license so that he can jump in the ring and do what he has wanted to do for the longest time.
“Now they (UFC) are talking about all this Mayweather-McGregor stuff. I tried to get my boxing license years ago because some boxing promoters were trying to buy my contract from the UFC. The UFC was not letting me go, and now they’re talking about all this Mayweather-McGregor stuff,” said Diaz.
“I don’t know how real or fake it is but, I mean who knows? Money talks. All I know is, I’m the only one with the credentials to fight both of those guys.”
How crazy would a Diaz-Mayweather fight be? Or better, yet a McGregor vs Diaz pure boxing match? These are big money fights, as crazy as they may seem. Diaz for one, is open to anything and has issued a challenge to fight the winner.
“Mayweather (has been the best in the world) for years at boxing, and McGregor I just beat him twice. Everybody forgets that. So I got winner. I’m in the right place. I’ve been doing it all the time,” said Diaz.
“I already got my California (boxing license) and I’m getting my Nevada license right now. Because if they’re going to let McGregor box, I’m going to be boxing too, I’m gonna get in on that. I got winner.”
When asked if he wanted a third fight with McGregor, Diaz did not mince his words.
“If he (McGregor) was a real fighter, he’d be the one hunting the rematch. Because I already won twice, and I’m not really losing sleep over it. I get paid no matter who I fight so it’s all good with me.”
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