Say it ain’t so. Did Nate Diaz really pay tribute to Conor McGregor’s striking skills when discussing a potential matchup with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.? You bet he did. Like a cat and mouse sitting down for brunch, Diaz set his rivalry with “Notorious” aside to talk about his chances opposite “Money.”
"I think it is a publicity stunt but McGregor, when it comes to boxing, is good," said Diaz during a recent appearance on CSN Fights. "He's got a good chance to make something happen in two or three rounds. If anything, he has two or three good rounds. He's got an amateur style; he's got good movement and good punches for six or eight minutes... He's got a puncher's chance, if anything."
This is quite the surprise especially considering Diaz and Mayweather recently got together on FaceTime to bash McGregor. Remember, Diaz defeated McGregor via submission at UFC 196 before losing to the Irishman via majority decision at UFC 202 this past August. In just a matter of a few months, the two brash fighters brought their feud to the top of mixed martial arts (MMA) and produced some of the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) cards of all time.
Diaz, 31, has been lobbying for a trilogy fight with McGregor and may be missing out on other opportunities in pursuit of a mega payday. In the meantime, he may have to look on as McGregor challenges Mayweather, banks ridiculous cash and attempts to thwart the greatest defensive boxer ever within “three rounds.”