Floyd Mayweather Jr. has earned his reputation as one of the most consistent winners in boxing history, even if there are a few issues about how long he waited to fight Manny Pacquiao and his defence-heavy style that is utterly effective but not pleasing to the eye.
He’s beaten some of the very best boxers in the world, and he’s earned unimaginable amounts of money. His entire public persona has been built around flaunting wealth, so it’s no surprise that he cares about making big purses.
His upcoming fight against Logan Paul is nothing but a cash grab. You know it, I know it, and both fighters know it. When Mayweather took on Conor McGregor in 2017, most fight fans understood that it was more of a show than anything, but at least the public had the idea of a boxing champion vs. MMA champion to hold onto.
The Paul fight is nothing of that sort. His fight record stands at 1 loss and 1 draw against fellow YouTuber KSI. Check out some highlights for the first two fights.
They had a majority draw in the first fight, and Paul lost the second one. So how, in the world of logical thinking, does he even belong in the same damn ring as Floyd Mayweather?
Mayweather has a perfect record of 50-0, and he reached the half-century milestone after forcing the referee to stop the McGregor fight. Boring style or not, he’s beaten a lot of great fighters in his lifetime, including Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Marcos Maidana, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez.
He even schooled current pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. It was a real schooling, too, and if you followed Canelo’s career after that, he definitely took down notes and evolved his style to be both defensively slick while still being a punishing finisher.
So again, what universe have we walked into now that deems Paul worthy of sharing the ring with an all-time great? Well, a universe that’s driven by money and one that has create enough of a hype machine through YouTube and social media to convince Paul’s fans that he has a legitimate shot.
Yes, Paul is the much bigger man. He’s 6’2” and 199 pounds compared to Mayweather who is 5’8” and 147 pounds. Strangely enough, his height advantage isn’t anywhere near his reach advantage, which is only 76” to 72” for Mayweather.
There’s always a puncher’s chance, except when you take into account that the puncher is going against someone who has over a billion dollars in career earning – and made that money by barely ever getting hit.
Sure, you’ll see some “impressive” videos of Paul sparring, but it’s against guys that look like amateurs.
Mayweather, on the other hand, has taken on some of the best hands in the business and came out mostly unscathed.
For better or worse, we’re getting this fight. Just remember that even though it’s an exhibition match, Mayweather has always been extremely careful about choosing his opponents. If he thought he had a serious chance of losing, he probably never would have signed.
Let’s just all hope he manages to knock out Paul within the eight rounds the fight is slated for. That won’t get him to shut up, but at least it will give us some ammo the next time Paul tries to tell the world he’s a real boxer.