Jake Paul has insisted he is taking his fighting career seriously as he plans huge bouts with the likes of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
The 24-year-old American YouTuber has won both of his two bouts so far by beating AnEsonGib and Nate Robinson.
And he is scheduled to face MMA star Ben Askren on April 17 in his latest lucrative encounter.
Beyond that Paul clearly has his sights set on even bigger occasions, and speaking to MMA Junkie he lifted the lid on his future ambitions.
"We’ll see what happens after this fight," he said. "Floyd Mayweather called me out last week. I still think there’s the McGregor fight.
"Nate Diaz said he’s down to fight me. We’ll see what happens. I’m excited. This is just the start of an illustrious career. Ben Askren just happens to be the first on the list.
"People are going to see. They’re going to be surprised, and it’s going to be hard for me to get a fight after this, to be honest. It really is.
"People are going to see my performance and say, ‘Let’s really second guess ourselves here because, do we want to lose to the Disney channel actor, boxer kid?"
Paul predicts Diaz will be his most likely next opponent – and believes McGregor will need a victory or two first following his recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.
"I think Nate Diaz will probably happen first," he continued.
"I think Conor needs to get some wins under his belt. Conor is owned by Dana White. Conor is Dana White’s b****, so he has to get Dana White’s approval.
"Nate Diaz only has two more fights in the UFC (on his contract), so if he can complete those and he’s freed up then Nate Diaz vs. Jake Paul will happen in 2022. Those are sort of the talks that are happening right now.
"Once I beat Nate Diaz, once I embarrass him actually, I will be undeniable to McGregor because I will say, ‘Hey, bubba. Listen to me, guy, you little Irish guy: I beat the guy who beat you. So you have to fight me.’
"That’s why this is so exciting. It’s one step at a time. It’s one fight at a time.
"I still have a major milestone ahead of me April 17, and like I said, though, this is the start of an illustrious career.
"Ten years from now I’ll be coming to watch these interviews, and I’ll be like, ‘Damn, this kid was a little evil genius, predicting all of this.'"
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