Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. was challenged to a boxing match over the weekend by YouTuber Logan Paul. Mayweather, 41, recently announced he was set to fight against an undisclosed opponent on an MMA card at Tokyo Dome in Japan on February 28, but now it appears the boxing legend might have more than one megafight on the way.
Paul, 25, posted a fiery video message to Mayweather via Instagram with a caption that says, “it’s a lot of syllables, I get it. But now you have no excuses @floydmayweather”.
“Hey Floyd, I know you’ve had the contract for a while now. At first, I thought you didn’t sign it because you didn’t want one punch to ruin your legacy. But now, I feel like maybe you haven’t signed it because you don’t know how to spell your name. But don’t worry champ I got you. I made you a cheat sheet. This is your name, Floyd Mayweather…,” Paul said.
The video shows Paul standing in front of Mayweather’s name spelled out in front of him on the wall in large letters.
“Sign the f****** contract, Floyd,” Paul said.
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Looking Back at Last Fights for Mayweather and Paul
Paul is 0-1 as a professional boxer. Fellow YouTuber KSI (whose real name is Olajide William Olatunji) defeated Paul via split-decision in a six-round professional boxing match promoted by Matchroom Boxing back in November 2019.
Meanwhile, Mayweather hasn’t competed inside a boxing ring since defeating RIZIN kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition boxing match in 2018. Mayweather won via first-round knockout, though the fight didn’t go onto Mayweather’s official boxing record.
In 2017, Mayweather defeated UFC superstar Conor McGregor via 10th-round stoppage. That fight did go onto Mayweather’s official boxing record, and it ran the fighter’s impressive record to 50-0.
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Could Mayweather Really Fight Paul?
There are some serious issues surrounding any potential prizefight involving Mayweather and Paul.
First, Paul is only 0-1 as a professional, and he only had one amateur fight.
Both those fights were against the same fighter, KSI, and Paul didn’t even score a win either time because their amateur bout was ruled a draw in 2018.
On top of that, Paul weighed just over 199 pounds in his only professional prizefight. The most Mayweather has ever weighed for any of his 50 professional fights was 151 pounds against Miguel Cotto in 2012.
— Mayweather Promotions (@MayweatherPromo) May 5, 2020
So Paul is asking Mayweather to jump all the way up to cruiserweight for the fight.
Of course, the vast disparity in skill and ability means it really wouldn’t matter how much of a weight advantage Paul might have in the fight.
Mayweather would have no trouble dispatching of Paul, and he could probably get the job done inside just about a round or two.
Paul either doesn’t know that or doesn’t care.
Regardless, maybe the two fighters could actually pull off some kind of exhibition bout. It likely wouldn’t be sanctioned as a real fight, but there have been plenty of circuses in boxing just as strange and Mayweather vs. Paul might be the next one.
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