UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal has outlined that he has his sights set on a potential boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, calling a bout with the undefeated fighter, the biggest lottery ticket in combat sports.
Masvidal has been a man in demand ever since his impressive victory over Nate Diaz in November, with Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz two names who have been thrown about as his potential next opponent.
UFC President Dana White outlined that McGregor is keen to fight Masvidal, and although ‘Gamebred’ admits that a bout with the Notorious One would be a massive fight, there’s one man he who he feels could trump the former two-weight world champion.
“(McGregor) is one of the lottery tickets we’re possibly going to cash on in. It’s not the biggest lottery ticket, but it’s one of the lottery tickets,” Masvidal told TMZ Sports
“Me versus Mayweather (is the biggest). I want cash money. I got children and those children got needs. I love to fight and one of my first loves growing up was boxing, and then I fell in love with wrestling and then UFC came about. And I was like, ‘Wow, I can do them both of them at the same damn time.’
“I fell in love with the UFC and that’s all I’ve done, the MMA. But I can box my ass off.”
Mayweather has reportedly been in negotiations with White over the possibility of working together and although Masvidal admits he isn’t a better boxer than the 42-year-old, he feels as though he would provide a tough test.
“Not saying I’m a better boxer than Mayweather but man, I’m gonna be in there with bad intentions trying to hurt him. I’m a well-conditioned athlete who’s not going to fade. I’m not going to fade in the eighth of ninth round (like McGregor).
“I’m going to be there for the whole night. I want to get into the biggest, toughest, roughest fights that I possibly can and make a paycheck for them as well, get compensated for my skills.”
“If you’re looking for a fight, I’m right here. If you’re looking for an easy paycheck, then go back to Japan and beat up those little guys,” Masvidal said.
“If you want to fight a guy like Khabib Nurmagomedov who doesn’t know how to box, if he wants to fight that guy, I get it, man. Mayweather has paid his dues, he can do whatever the hell he wants.
“If he wants something he has to get up for early in the morning, train in the morning, train at night, that’s me, man. If you want something easy man, then yeah, get the other dudes.”