Nate Diaz has never been shy to voice his opinions and he did not hold back when speaking about the alleged boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
Diaz ended McGregor’s unbeaten run in the UFC by making him submit in the second round of their bout at UFC 196 on March 5. The pair were supposed to meet again in a rematch at UFC 200 on July 9, but their bout was pulled from the card after McGregor refused to fulfill his promotional obligations, citing training commitments in Iceland.
After their bout was cancelled, McGregor began talking with Mayweather about a potential boxing match and while speculation has been rife about whether it will go ahead or not, Diaz believes it is nothing more than a “publicity stunt”.
“I call your bluff, fight that mother (expletive) then I’ll be right here,” Diaz told MMAFighting.com. “I’m the only one out of the three of us who can say that I’ll whoop both of their asses in one night. Cause Conor can’t say that. Floyd definitely cannot say that, you know what I’m saying?
“You want a real fight you (expletive) put me in with one of them boxers then, I guarantee I could beat them in boxing, at boxing.”
Diaz also feels that he would fare a lot better than McGregor in a boxing match against Mayweather, who amassed a record-tying 49-0 record before retiring from the sport.
“Mayweather’s the best boxer that there is at winning fights,” Diaz said. “I ain’t been boxing. I ain’t been in high-level boxing matches with him like that. But guarantee I’d do better than McGregor would.”
Meanwhile, Diaz also revealed that negotiations are ongoing about a new date and venue for his rematch against McGregor. Despite this, there are still a lot of hurdles to clear, primarily the amount of money each fighter would make.
Diaz believes that the postponement of their fight is a good thing for McGregor as he highlighted a lot of weaknesses in the reigning featherweight champion’s game.
“I’m like, ‘You’re going to have me fight this mother(expletive) in one month, two months? You’re going to have me fight that mother(expletive)? You think he’s going to be good enough to (expletive) not get his ass whooped this time?’” he said. “Not that I can’t get caught with some hot (expletive), because anybody can in a fight. I don’t ever think anybody’s invincible. You got to be aware of what can happen. But he’s got a lot of (expletive) to work on in two months.”
Diaz admitted that he is eager to get his hands on McGregor once again at UFC 200, but as long as his contract demands are fulfilled, he will wait until his rematch with McGregor comes to fruition.
“He comes in there to fight, he tries to take you out and he tries to knock you out, he tries to spin kick you and do all that (expletive).” Diaz said. “He’s (expletive) got moves, he’s a martial artist trying to improve at his craft right now. He’s trying to get better, that’s why he had to skip out on all that conference, so it’s all good. I don’t even give a (expletive) about that. I’m like, ‘Let him fight (at UFC 200).’”