On Saturday night January 29, Strikeforce welterweight mixed martial arts champion Nick Diaz will fight Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos on Showtime, but it seems the Stockton, California native is overlooking his tough title defense and planning ahead for a future fight in boxing.
Nick Diaz manager/trainer Cesar Gracie told ESPN that Nick Diaz might consider going into boxing for a huge payday.
“In boxing, when you’re a superstar, you get millions of dollars,” said Gracie. “In MMA, you’re not making that kind of money.”
Gracie revealed that he and Diaz are already in negotiations with long time California based boxing promoter Don Chargin for a fight in the 168 pound super-middleweight division in boxing, but they only want big money fights. The possible opponents they are considering are Ricardo Mayorga and retired boxing Fernando Vargas who has been hinting at a comeback.
Landing a big money fight with only 1 professional boxing bout under his belt would be difficult for Diaz, but boxing legend James Toney with no mixed martial arts experience or bouts was able to land a fight in the UFC against one of the sports premier stars Randy Couture — Toney lost the fight a few seconds into the first round by submission.
Ricardo Mayorga is currently training for his March 12 fight with Miguel Cotto and stated that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao next after he beats Cotto.
Mayorga almost fought and MMA fight against UFC vet Din Thomas, but it was canceled because he was still under promotional contract with Don King.
Right now Nick Diaz is a no name in boxing. The most logical route would be for Nick Diaz to build up his record and experience on some Showtime boxing undercards with a couple 4-6 round fights before he asks for a big money fight.
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