In a Bloody Elbow exclusive, Jeff Lacy's manager, Joey Gilbert, described the details of the upcoming boxing event between current Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and former International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy.
According to Gilbert, Nick Diaz will earn no less than his purse from his last MMA bout with Paul Daley, which was $175,000.
Additionally, Gilbert stated that Lacy was willing to accept a pay cut less than Diaz's purse to ensure that this fight would take place.
With the amount of money guaranteed to the fighters, Gilbert is hopeful that a network will pick up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a current MMA champion face a former boxing champion in the middle of the squared circle.
"Right now, we're ready to go with an independent pay-per-view, but Showtime would be crazy not to pick this up. Jeff Lacy made his name on Showtime and Nick Diaz is a champion in mixed martial arts and a Showtime fighter," Gilbert stated.
Currently, Showtime's interest in the fight is unknown. The marketing prospect of Diaz as a boxer with respect to Showtime was not part of the original marketing equation. Therefore, whether or not Showtime will air this fight remains a question.
What is known is that this bout will be a 10-round fight.
Stay tuned in the near future as more details unfold.
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