“I just want to get paid. [Boxing champion Manny] Pacquiao’s making $40 million. … I’m over here driving a Honda because my s— is breaking down.”
Strikeforce officials haven’t indicated a willingness to give Diaz any extra compensation to move up in weight. The champ, therefore, will likely turn his attention to boxing.
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. 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].
“There have been a few names kicked around. One of them is Fernando Vargas; another is Ricardo Mayorga.”
As eager as Diaz is to box, he isn’t willing to openly discuss the matter until after he disposes of Santos.