The internet was abuzz today with the notion that social media star, Logan Paul sent a contract to fight the self-proclaimed “TBE”, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Mayweather vs Logan Paul this year!
No joke… that’s boxing insider just told me… pic.twitter.com/uh2UW9Wkdo
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) September 16, 2020
It was enough that Matchroom Boxing and DAZN validated a non-boxer with a professional fight and actual broadcast distribution via the subscription service. But that was against another non-boxer, KSI, who beat him.
However, Floyd Mayweather is a REAL boxer.
Also, Floyd Mayweather is an actual boxing LEGEND.
According to TMZ Sports, the fight was offered to Mayweather as an exhibition for sometime in 2020. Of course, anyone can send anyone a contract if they have the right email address.
But the fact that Logan Paul, 25, can send Mayweather an offer to fight on any level is not only comical but outright disrespectful.
As someone who understands boxing, not enough people are talking about how this was allowed. Logan has 50 pounds on mayweather, that should never be a match in the first place. It takes away from the art of boxing. If this is true it will be very unique
— ChampionVibe (@ChampionVibe) September 16, 2020
Whatever your thoughts are on Mayweather’s career, he is still the best boxer-businessman ever. When he was “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, he fought all comers and took no L’s.
When he transitioned to “Money” Mayweather, he understood his value and allowed no one to pimp him. He famously fired Bob Arum by buying himself out of his contract, then bested Arum’s then most famous fighter, Oscar De La Hoya.
People will always say that Mayweather fought fighters on the downslide to become an undefeated fighter but that is a one-sided narrative.
Yes, he chose opponents that would benefit his abilities and also his wallet from a pay-per-view standpoint. Regardless of his business decisions against other actual boxers, the Mayweather name is solid in boxing due to the three Mayweather men that came before Floyd, Jr.
Floyd Mayweather (50-0) has reportedly been approached about potentially fighting Logan Paul (0-1) in an exhibition match later this year. However, it's claimed this is far from a done deal and Mayweather "is leaning towards 'no'." [According to @TMZ_Sports] pic.twitter.com/rjTeuaZkbM
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 17, 2020
Then Floyd, Jr. came and placed the Mayweather name in the pantheon of a blood sport that has always positioned the athlete to lose and be broke at the end.
The fact that the world of hype and pop culture would empower Logan Paul to even think that he could challenge a Floyd Mayweather is the problem.
Due to Mayweather allowing Conor McGregor to get the pay day of a lifetime by fighting him for his 50th fight was all business and relatively risk free.
But since McGregor wasn’t a boxer it made internet celebrities believe they too are deserving of a shot. However, McGregor became famous for amazing feats in the mixed martial arts business.
He’s a professional fighter. Not a transitioning social media star.
Larry Merchant's unforgettable interview with Floyd Mayweather was on this date in 2011.
"I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass!" pic.twitter.com/ojXxoSNxWD
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) September 17, 2020
Logan Paul already reached when he tried to stir up a fight against former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown. That was shut down especially after he went and made an actual fight matchup poster and began to post it.
Bottom line, if you love boxing stop allowing interlopers to enter and weaponize their fame to trigger an opportunity that is out of their league.
But y’all don’t hear me though because y’all like Trending topics too much for realness. Didn’t 69 teach you the dangers of empowering interlopers and culture vultures?
Although there is no street politics or criminality here, boxing is not to be played or played with. So stop playing with us Logan Paul.
The internet is a cauldron of clowns. Keep the circus out of the fight game.