Speaking to The MMA Hourl MMAFightingonSBN, Jake Paul opened up on his upcoming fight with Nate Diaz:
“I mean this is a big business. It’s a big show. The fans are out, the energy is up. I’m feeling good, so it’s fun,” says Jake Paul, reflecting on the vibrant atmosphere of his open workouts. “This is what I was made to do. I’m a fighter. I’m a winner. That was my worst performance ever. I didn’t do well, and I know I can do better. One loss doesn’t define me.”
This perspective reflects his resilience, a vital trait of successful boxers.
“Nate Diaz is after this. Nate Diaz is after this, win, lose or draw,” he expresses, revealing the blueprint for his future. “And Nate Diaz is out of the UFC right now, and so you have to strike while the iron’s hot.”
Interestingly, Paul’s manager mentioned that their initial plan was to fight Logan Paul, Jake’s brother. This changed dramatically when they saw the massive public interest in a Jake-Nate showdown.
“He’s my only competition. He inspires me, and we’re also each other’s best competitors,” Jake comments, when asked about the competition with his brother, Logan. “Without one another, we wouldn’t be here today. He used to compete in the YouTube game, football, everything when we were kids. I mean, that’s what brothers do.”
Respect Amidst Rivalry
“I have respect for him, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to knock him out. I’m going to sleep. I’m a vicious fighter,” Jake asserts when asked about his next opponent, Nate Diaz.
Despite acknowledging Diaz’s unpredictability, Jake’s confident in his ability to take on the challenge. His determination is to “bully the bully,” alluding to his perception of Diaz as a person outside the ring.
“I’m always pushing myself in these fights. I want to do things that no one at this point in their career, three years into boxing, has done,” Jake says, emphasizing his readiness for a ten-round fight.