A few days ago, Nick Diaz said he wanted to make a million bucks plus per fight. We all laughed it off as standard Nick Diaz pot talk, and while that might be true, we forgot to factor in the fact that Nick is very, very serious about his pot talk.
Diaz is itching to box, and although he recently re-signed with Strikeforce, according to his trainer, Cesar Gracie, the deal includes a clause that allows Diaz to compete in a boxing match this year.
Diaz is expected to exercise that clause. Facing a recognizable boxer could potentially land Diaz the largest paycheck of his career.
“In boxing, when you’re a superstar, you get millions of dollars,” Gracie told ESPN.com. “In MMA, you’re not making that kind of money.
“We’re in negotiations right now with [boxing promoter] Don Chargin. We would very much like to take a boxing match. It would probably be at super middleweight [168 pounds].
Two current options being mulled over are the retired Fernando Vargas and chain smoking Ricardo Mayorga, who’s last brush with MMA involved an MMA fight with Din Thomas that never happened. But while a boxing match might pay more than what Strikeforce is currently ponying up, Diaz’s dreams of millions still may not be the most realistic in the world. BloodyElbow does the math and comes to this conclusion:
I’m not sure that the money is out there for Diaz to make more than the $50k (purse only, not including sponsors) he made against KJ Noons or the reported $100k he made fighting Zaromskis simply because of the myth that all boxers take home absurd paychecks. The draw in a boxing match is going to be the boxer and no established boxer is taking a 50/50 split to fight someone who doesn’t advance their career.
I don’t know if I’d be so quick to say that. There’s a whole bunch of opportunistic boxers out there who’d probably think an MMA vs Boxing PPV on boxing’s turf would bring in enough to make it worth their while. Hell, Roy Jones Jr already challenged Nick Diaz to a fight … in MMA!
Plus, even if Nick can’t make a few million off his first boxing match, that ignores another important pot-fueled factor in his decision to dabble in the sweet science: he plans on winning, again and again and again.