Celebrity boxing is all the rage at the moment, thanks mainly to the Paul brothers, Logan and Jake. Famous for being famous on Youtube, the siblings have turned out to be decent enough boxers — when you take into consideration the unquestionably low level of competition they’ve been facing.
Logan Paul, for some baffling reason, has an exhibition boxing bout coming up in 2021 with Floyd Mayweather, who will enter the ring for the first time since a 2019 mugging of RIZIN star Tenshin Nasukawa. With Jake Paul apparently envious of his brother’s attention, he’s opted to attempt a callout of the other half of the MayMac boxing spectacle — former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor.
In a profanity-laced tirade really not worth repeating, Jake Paul claims to have sent McGregor (22-4 MMA, 0-1 boxing) a $50 million dollar offer sheet for a boxing match. Paul himself is 2-0 as a pro boxer, most recently defeating ex-NBA star Nate Robinson as part of the Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. undercard.
Of course, Paul competed in that fight at cruiserweight, which in boxing has a 200lb limit. Paul weighed in at 189lbs for the bout. McGregor, at the moment, is competing at 155lbs for his UFC 257 main event with Dustin Poirier, and has never fought higher than 170lbs. A cynic might suggest that Jake was trying to make a name for himself by trying to land a fight with a much smaller, yet vastly more recognizable fighter. But what social media star would ever stoop so low?
Paul also took issue with McGregor fighting in a rematch with Poirier (calling him Prober), who he claimed has fewer Instagram followers than his dog. Paul’s dog was presumably unavailable for comment.
While Conor McGregor gets called out plenty, Paul’s attempt is probably one of the more memorable, if only for being so ludicrously over-the-top. And instead of attracting McGregor’s attention (or Dana White’s, after firing a few insults the UFC President’s way), he’s managed to get former McGregor opponent Nate Diaz to take notice.
Responding on social media, the younger Diaz brother wrote “Jake Paul u need your ass beat for free u spoiled fuck u can’t really fight dumbshit your gonna end up with your ass whooped for real somewhere talking like that.”
It sounds so much better if you read that in Nate Diaz’s voice.
Jake Paul u need your ass beat for free u spoiled fuck u can’t really fight dumbshit your gonna end up with your ass whooped for real somewhere talking like that 👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) December 15, 2020
Given that none of these fights are likely to ever happen, the end result here is just more attention for Paul. Which is essentially how he makes a living.. Although it also sets up the idea of a Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz buddy cop movie, where they have each other’s backs while talking tons of smack to everyone else. Which would be all kinds of awesome.