Jean Pascal, who has won titles at 168 pounds and held the IBF, WBC, The Ring, and lineal 175-pound titles in 2010 and 2011, pleaded his case to TMZ Sports, and didn’t pull any punches with his criticism of MMA in general and Nick Diaz in particular. He is interested in the fight apparently because he wants to prove that UFC fighters can’t box:
"Of course, because UFC fighters are already saying they can fight, they can box. But I don't see that, and Nick Diaz talks a lot of trash. He's never had someone who can talk back to him like I can do.”
"They claim they can fight. They claim they can box. I don't claim that I can go to the floor. But anyway, to go on the ground with other men, that's not my thing. I'd rather go on the ground with a woman. To go on the floor with a man...I'm sorry, that's not my thing."
"Honestly I don't know (what round the fight would finish). But I'm pretty sure that I can whip his ass. Because I'm a fighter. I'm not a UFC wrestler. I'm fighting with my fists. We're standing up and we've got boxing rules. Boxing is an art. I can tell Diaz to come out of your redneck country and fight me in a real city like Montreal. That sh-t can be sold out.
"One thing I know is that Nick Diaz never held a real belt like this," Pascal said as he showed off a plethora of boxing titles. "See that? You've never held a belt that people care about. That's what I'm talking about. And then they claim that they can beat a boxer? Come on guys. So stop talking sh-t, let's do it like real men. Simple and easy, right?
"I'm pretty sure this guy stays quiet because he's a coward, he's not a real man. He's not a real fighter, he's not a real soldier."