Jake Paul doesn’t step in the boxing ring for another three months, but he’s already got his sights set on his next opponent after Nate Diaz … and it’s none other than Conor McGregor!!
The Problem Child — who’s fighting Diaz on Aug. 5 in Dallas — laid out his plans to Babcock on the “TMZ Sports” TV show on FS1 … saying he fully intends to knock Diaz out (something Conor never did), and then lock in a fight with Notorious.
Of course, Nate and Conor have one of the greatest rivalries in UFC history … and with their series tied up at one win a piece, Diaz wants to take care of business against Jake and then revisit his old nemesis one last time.
But, Jake says he’s going to spoil Nate’s plans of a trilogy fight by jumping him in line for a shot at Conor … and he thinks McGregor will have “no choice but to make the biggest fight in combat sports.”
Paul — 6-1 as a pro boxer — understands Conor would need permission from UFC honcho Dana White to make the fight happen … but he seems optimistic that the money would do enough talking to get him to agree.
Remember, Jake has gone after a fight with McGregor a few times in the past … trolling the UFC superstar nearly every chance he’s gotten over the years. McGregor has fired back from time to time too — but they haven’t been able to mix it up in a ring.
If a fight does eventually go down, Jake says he’s hopeful it’d be a boxing match … but he told us he ain’t opposed to MMA either.
“We can do a two-part series,” the 24-year-old said. “One boxing, one MMA in PFL. Make it happen, no problem.”
What do you say, Conor???