Nate Diaz’s boxing coach said the fighter will face Conor McGregor for a third time, on one condition – he wants big money for it.
Coach, Richard Perez, believes McGregor’s huge paycheck following his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather could mean much more money for his future UFC opponents.
Speaking to Submission Radio, Perez says he expects ‘ten times more’ than the $2.6 million dollars in disclosed pay in the two previous fights between McGregor and Diaz.
[We want] at least $20 million, $30 million. Come on, UFC’s making a whole lot of money. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, good two fighters.
It’s just like Mayweather when he fought Berto, it was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd.
See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million, easy.
Both previous fights between McGregor and Diaz were fought in the welterweight division.
Diaz tapped the future lightweight champion the first time while McGregor walked away with a five-round majority victory in the second fight, five months later.
During the interview, Perez also said he believes Diaz can beat McGregor if they meet again.
If Nathan goes through training camp with no injuries, McGregor’s not gonna have a chance, I’ll tell you that right now.
If you watch some of the fights, like when Nathan fought ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and some other guys, he was in tip-top shape, he wasn’t injured or anything, he went out there and did it, he boxed them. And when he’s in tip-top shape, he can box. I mean, they think McGregor can box, Nathan can box.
This would be good to see.