FLOYD MAYWEATHER is taking his exhibition with Logan Paul ‘very seriously’ – as the promoter insisted ‘this is a real fight’.
The all-time great faces YouTubing boxing novice Paul in February 2021, ahead of his latest money-making scheme.
Floyd Mayweather is taking his fight with Logan Paul ‘very seriously’[/caption]
YouTuber Paul faces Mayweather in February 2021 [/caption]
Despite the farcical experience disparity, Mayweather is outweighed by FOUR STONE and gives away six inches in height.
As a result, he will leave no stone unturned to avoid what would be an unthinkable and disastrous defeat.
Solomon Engel, Founder and CEO of Fanmio, who are putting on the pay-per-view spectacle, told SunSport: “I think Floyd is going to have fun with it but he’s taking it very seriously.
“Floyd trains extensively and I don’t think he’s going to go into this fight and not be prepared. He’s very excited for the fight.
“He sees some big opportunities here, and I don’t want to speak for him but I think we all feel this could be a very historical fight and a number of different levels.”
Organisers are yet to announce the rules of the fight, but Paul is expected to maintain his size advantage.
Traditional boxing standards are set to be put in place but it will not be a sanctioned contest.
Mass confusion followed Mike Tyson’s comeback against Roy Jones Jr in November, after the California State Athletic argued with promoters over safety concerns.
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NSAC demanded no knockouts could be scored as both ageing legends were instead asked to treat the fight as a glorified sparring session.
But Engel has reiterated neither Mayweather, 43, or Paul, 25, will be asked to pull their punches – with either capable of a knockout.
He said: “This is a real fight. And whoever wins, wins. Certainly there could be a knockout, yes.
“I think it will be a very competitive fight. And to be clear, we have Floyd who is the best fighter, and Logan who is a new fighter.
“But, Logan does have some size difference, he’s many inches taller, many pounds heavier and when you look at size and how that could affect the match, there’s really no telling what the outcome could be.
“I do think that it will be competitive because Floyd has an incredible amount of skill and he’s going to bring that to the table and Logan has size.
“It’s like the David vs Goliath story – and we all know the outcome of that. But we don’t know what the outcome will be here.”
Mayweather training amid his comeback[/caption]
Mayweather comes into the fight having retired as a pro in 2017 after beating UFC star Conor McGregor in ten rounds.
But he did return a year later, wiping out featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Naukawa in a Tokyo exhibition.
Paul on the other hand, lost his debut last year against internet rival KSI, 27, with a two point deduction costing him the result by split-decision.
The fight proved a success Stateside on DAZN as the sports streaming service capitalised on their loyal following.
And Mayweather was boxing’s undisputed box office attraction during his 50-0 career, selling NINE MILLION PPVs alongside McGregor and Manny Pacquiao respectively.
It leaves Engel predicting unprecedented success when The Best Ever faces his most unqualified challenger of all time.
KSI beat Paul on their boxing debut [/caption]
Mayweather retired as a pro after beating Conor McGregor [/caption]
But with several eyeballs from all different areas due to tune in, the promoter is adamant it can only benefit the boxing business.
He explained: “It brings two audiences together, possibly on the biggest scale that has ever been done before.
“We have Floyd’s very large audience, where he has proven to be succesful breaking pay-per-view records among others.
“Then we have Logan’s audience which has proven to be very successful to him and his own business endeavors.
“It bring more fans to the sport of boxing and opens up more opportunties for everyone going forward.
“Anyone hating on this event it not looking at the big picture going forward for the industry.”