YouTube sensation and now professional boxer Logan Paul has revealed that a potential boxing match with one of the UFC’s biggest names, Nate Diaz, may not be happening after all. According to Paul, Diaz’s side seems to have “backed off” from the lucrative fight, much to his frustration. In an interview ahead of his WrestleMania 39 match against Seth Rollins, Paul expressed his disappointment at not being able to fight Diaz, saying “I think he’s running. This guy, I think he’s ducking. We have the sweetest deal for him and he knows the type of numbers I bring in.”
Paul had been hoping to return to the boxing ring for some time after going to a draw in an exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather over two years ago in February 2021. He claims to have offered Diaz a lot of money for the fight, which he says would be mutually beneficial. “I’m not a quarter of a million type of fighter, you’re going to get 750,000 million buys, and I’m an 0-1 YouTuber.”
Paul’s frustration is understandable, as he seems to be struggling to secure a suitable opponent for his next fight. “It’s hard for me to get a fight because either you’re not worth my time and energy, or you’re not going to sell pay-per-views. I’ll do it, but I need a dance partner. And I don’t need a tune-up fight, give me the real dogs.”
Despite the back-and-forth on social media in the past, Paul has a lot of respect for Diaz as a competitor, and feels that by the time they would have made it to the ring, fans would have been clamoring to see the two fight it out. “He’s tough as hell, obviously an MMA legend, can move the needle. I’m just hyper ambitious, a little delusional, and can kind of box.”
It remains to be seen whether Paul will be able to secure a fight with Diaz or another high-profile opponent, but for now, he seems content to focus on his wrestling match against Rollins. Perhaps the boxing world will have to wait a little longer for Logan Paul’s next great showdown.