It seems that someone is not happy with Canelo Alvarez signing the richest contract in sports history.
UFC star Nick Diaz criticized the unified middleweight world champion in his recent interview with TMZ Sports, telling Alvarez that he is ‘the better fighter and the bigger draw.’ The Stockton native also called out the decorated boxer to a boxing match that, according to Diaz, will earn himself a hefty paycheck.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 17, 2018
The 28-year old Mexican has agreed to a five-year 11-fight deal with streaming service DAZN, which will earn him a whopping $365 million, or the most lucrative sports contract ever.
The deal eclipsed the previous richest athlete contract signed by baseball star Giancarlo Stanton in 2014, which came in at $325 million in 13 years. However, Alvarez’s annual income when broken down settled at $73 million per year or $10 million lesser than Lionel Messi’s $84 million annual salary.
Canelo remains as one of the biggest box office draws in the post-Mayweather era, with his last fight against Gennady Golovkin priced at $84 in the United States. Meanwhile, under the DAZN deal, users will have to pay $9.99 per month to be able to catch his two fights every year rather than paying single pay-per-view fees.
The middleweight champ said he was humbled to have landed the historic deal.
“Being part of this historic deal will require me to prepare myself even more and offer fans even better performances. At the same time, I am humbled to be selected to lead this new vision for the sport of boxing, which will without a doubt be for the benefit of the fans.”
"You're just basically one of them little guys I spar before I fight."
— NESN (@NESN) October 21, 2018
Another Crossover Fight?
In the past week, it was Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov who have been making noise about a potential boxing match. It was Diaz’s turn to tease a fight on Sunday as he challenged Alvarez to go up against him in the ring.
He stressed that Oscar De La Hoya of the Golden boy Promotion should call him if he wants to set up a super fight for Alvarez, who he believes is taking on non-elite names in his division. He told TMZ Sports:
“I’ve never even thought about that, but the guy is moving up to 168 and fighting some no names. Let’s be real Canelo moving up to my weight, he ain’t gonna win that fight. No way, come on man. You’re just basically one of them little guys I spar before I fight. I am a professional fighter, I’ve had over 37 fights.”
If the fight comes to fruition, the Strikeforce welterweight is confident that it will bring huge numbers.
“Nothing personal. Motherf**ker don’t speak English so he ain’t knowing what I’m saying anyway.” Watch the full interview in the video below:
Alvarez will square off with Rocky Fielding this December in his first assignment under the most lucrative contract. Meanwhile, Diaz last saw actions in 2015 in a no-contest bout against Anderson Silva. Would Diaz’s return fight be against the Mexican champion?
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