Jake Paul may have made a splash in boxing, but he spent a lot of time having dirty conversations with the best MMA fighters.
The 24-year-old Ohio native will have his third pro fight on Saturday night, but he will face a pro fighter for the first time when he faces former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren. Paul chatted with Askren on social media for several months until their duel was announced, the title of which contains information about the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view card.
In addition to his feud with Askren, Paul also spent a lot of time calling former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor, not to mention jabs on UFC President Dana White, who pledged to bet $ 1 million against him this weekend.
“I’m just having fun and trolling,” Paul said in an interview with MMA Fighting on Thursday. “I kind of purposefully turn the MMA community against me to get them in the mood for this fight. It worked. “
Despite the MMA fighters having fun, Paul said that he really has nothing to prove against Askren, although he seems content that he could cost White a hefty amount of money for betting against him.
“I am very glad that Dana White will lose a million dollars,” said Paul. “But beyond that, I’m going to prove that millions, millions and millions of people are wrong, and they motivated me to become the best version of myself in the last couple of years.”
If all goes well in his fight with Askren this weekend, Paul has already teased his intention to chase McGregor in a fight he believes could break pay-per-view records. He said that the fight with McGregor could take place sooner rather than later.
“I think we’re both on our way to each other,” Paul said of his meeting with McGregor. “He wants another boxing fight. He wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. It will be toasted. He just keeps taking Ls. So I think he will not only fight me for money, but he will technically be the easiest test, right? Jake Paul will probably be easier to fight than Manny Pacquiao, and he will be just as big.
“I think we are much closer to the fight between Jake Paul and Conor McGregor than anyone thinks. I think this can happen in the next 24 months. “
Right now, McGregor is focusing exclusively on his trilogy against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July after losing to the former interim champion by second round knockout earlier this year.
McGregor said he will eventually return to boxing after being defeated by Floyd Mayweather in his only professional fight. He never mentioned his interest in meeting someone like Paul. That hasn’t stopped the outspoken social media influencer pushing for the fight, especially knowing what kind of audience he expects to tune into an event of this magnitude.
“Conor is a big name,” Paul said. “He’s a top-notch celebrity, and very few fighters are top-notch celebrities. So let’s see what happens. Hopefully he beats Dustin and the fight becomes more exciting. “