Jake Paul may have landed himself the most lucrative fight in his pro boxing run. “The Problem Child” is booked to face former UFC superstar Nate Diaz, a fight that he is favored to win based on current odds.
But apparently, there were talks about a fight between Nate and Jake’s older brother Logan, who previously thought was a done deal. The two siblings discussed the apparent negotiation in a recent episode of Logan’s Impaulsive podcast.
Jake Paul says Logan didn’t have a chance at Nate Diaz
Early on in the episode, Logan asked Jake about how the Diaz fight. In his mind, he already had the bout “locked up” but found out that Nate had been “playing” him “like a fiddle” the whole time.
But according to Jake Paul, he knew what was going on the entire time, and that he tried to tell his brother.
“You never had it locked up,” Jake told Logan.
“I told you that. I told you he’s playing both sides. Basically, some of the people you work with… he doesn’t know what the f—k he’s doing. Like he does and he doesn’t.”
Without delving into specifics, Jake Paul stated what he thought went wrong in the negotiations.
“Just throwing money at someone doesn’t make them want to do it. And at the end of the day, what it came down to, honestly, is that (Nate) thought the world would view our fight as way more legitimate than you.
“Him fighting you to him was like a money grab because you hadn’t ‘beaten anybody.’”
Unlike his brother, Logan wasn’t as active in boxing. He had one professional bout against rapper and fellow YouTuber KSI in 2019 and lost via decision. He then had a high-profile exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather in 2021. The match went the distance and no one was declared the official winner.
The history between Logan Paul and Nate Diaz
It may be Jake Paul who’s fighting Diaz, but Logan seems to have a deeper history with Nate. In February, the Stockton-based fighter wasn’t too pleased with the elder Paul for how he acted during Jake’s fight with Tommy Fury.
Then in April, Diaz got into a brawl with a look-alike of Logan’s in New Orleans, an incident that expectedly went viral. Nate got into deeper trouble for it in the form of a second-degree battery charge, which he will deal with in a court hearing on June 27.
But as for a fight with Logan, Nate is completely fine whether it comes to fruition or not.
“It was just a little line, nothing personal,” he said during last month’s press conference. “I thought (for) any (boxing event), ‘what the f—k is someone yelling out like that in the middle of a fight?’
“But Logan’s doing great also. If he continues on, I’m gonna be continuing on. So if we meet, we meet. If not, it’s all good, too, either way.”
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz fight date and location
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz will take place on August 5th at the 20,000-seater American Airlines Center in Dallas. It will be the 38-year-old Diaz’s first prizefighting venture since his UFC 279 submission win over Tony Ferguson in September 2022.
As for Paul, he will aim to get back on the winning track after tasting defeat for the first time at the hands of Tommy Fury.
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