Oh, how we all had a good laugh back in 2020 when Jake Paul suggested he wanted to fight Conor McGregor. The kid even came with an offer of $50 million, which he said he’d put in ESCROW to make the boxing match happen.
At the time, Paul had a single win over former NBA player, Nate Robinson. McGregor was bouncing back from his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov with a blistering 40-second technical knockout of Donald Cerrone. Few people — even among Paul’s supporters — expected an agreement to be reached.
Fast forward to April 2023 and things are starting to look different.
Paul has defeated two former UFC champions in the boxing ring, including UFC G.O.A.T. contender, Anderson Silva. He’s set to fight Nate Diaz on Aug. 5, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. If he beat Diaz — and bookies setting the line have “The Problem Child” as a favorite against the smaller and older MMA fighter — then it will become much harder to ignore Paul’s callouts.
We’re still three months out from Diaz and Paul fighting, but Paul is already firing shots at McGregor again. In a new tweet that may be a response to McGregor predicting a Diaz win, Paul trashed “The Notorious.”
“I’m a better boxer than you Connor and will do what you couldn’t and knock Nate out,” Paul wrote. “After Nate let’s box as the co-main event same night as Katie Taylor VS. Amanda Serrano in Dublin. But since you’re not your own boss you will hide behind Dana or just drink the rest of your life away. August 5th you will see.”
Im a better boxer than you Connor and will do what you couldn’t and knock Nate out. After Nate let’s box as the co main event same night as Katie Taylor VS. Amanda Serrano in Dublin. But since you’re not your own boss you will hide behind Dana or just drink the rest of your life…— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 23, 2023
Paul co-promoted the first Serrano vs. Taylor fight in April 2022, which saw Irish Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor edge Amanda Serrano in what became the biggest women’s boxing bout in history (watch highlights). A rematch was scheduled to go down in May 2023, but an injury to Serrano nixed that date.
No new date has been set for the rematch, but McGregor is already intertwined with the fight. He’s offered to sponsor the fight via his Proper 12 whiskey brand so it can be held at the 80,000-capacity Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
The chances of McGregor stepping onto the card as co-main? Zero.
But, Paul is pretty smart using his largely one-sided feud with McGregor to help promote the Serrano vs. Taylor fight. And we’re sure this won’t be the last time he challenges the Irish Sports star. If he beats Diaz this summer, McGregor might have to start responding to some of his trash talk.
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