Editor’s notice: This text was initially printed in December, earlier than the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul exhibition was pushed again.
Message to followers of Logan Paul: Don’t anticipate him to do to Floyd Mayweather on Feb. 20 what Jake Paul did to Nate Robinson.
Jake Paul, Logan’s brother, despatched his minions right into a tizzy by annihilating Robinson in two rounds on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. card on Nov. 28 in Los Angeles. Job effectively finished for the YouTube character.
Right here’s the factor, although: Robinson was a former NBA participant who had subsequent to no concept what he was doing within the ring.
Mayweather was the best boxer of his technology, among the finest of all time. He completed his profession at 50-0. He toyed with after which knocked out an precise fight sports activities star – Conor McGregor – in his final sanctioned bout, in 2017.
Sure, Mayweather will flip 44 4 days after the occasion. And, sure, Logan Paul, 25, could have a weight benefit of roughly 50 kilos.
That doesn’t matter one iota. Let me repeat: Any benefit Paul or anybody else believes he has won’t make one little bit of distinction. Mayweather may beat Paul at 143 and together with his eyes closed. That’s simply the truth.
Paul is a giant, robust man and has been within the gymnasium sufficient to study the very fundamentals of the game. Nevertheless, he stays a crude boxer at greatest. That was abundantly clear in his split-decision loss to YouTube rival KSI in November of final 12 months, which was extra of a avenue battle than sporting occasion.
“The Maverick,” as Paul is understood, appears the half and talks a great recreation. He merely lacks any of the instruments essential to deal with what Mayweather will deliver. He’ll get embarrassed after which knocked out, until Mayweather chooses to do in any other case.
The bout is an exhibition. Tyson and Jones clearly held again to some extent, that means they didn’t go all out to destroy each other. Maybe Mayweather and Paul could have come to some kind of settlement to let the battle go a sure variety of rounds.
Or Mayweather would possibly simply carry Paul for some time, as he did with McGregor, to present the paying followers one thing for his or her cash.
Bear in mind, although: The 2018 assembly between Mayweather and 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo was additionally an exhibition. And Nasukawa went down 3 times within the first spherical, prompting one in all his cornerman to throw within the towel.
Nasukawa was so embarrassed by his public failure that he cried within the ring.
I doubt Logan Paul will cry after he loses – he could have made an excessive amount of cash for any remorse – however he could have an expertise just like that of Nasukawa if that’s what Mayweather desires to ship. There’s no manner round it.
Must you spend cash to see it?
Properly, I’ll write the identical factor I wrote earlier than the Mayweather-McGregor farce and Tyson-Jones old-timers bout: In case you perceive what it’s – a little bit of enjoyable masquerading as an precise battle – then knock your self out. Take pleasure in.
However if you happen to assume Mayweather vs. Paul shall be aggressive to any diploma, you’ll be sorely dissatisfied. Don’t waste your cash.
- Date: Sunday, June 6
- Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (fundamental occasion later in present)
- The place: Laborious Rock Stadium, Miami
- TV/Stream: Pay-per-view (accessible by means of all main cable suppliers in U.S. and Canada; plus, Fanmio.com)
- Value: $49.99