It would be a gross understatement to call Saturday’s box office event between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul a “mismatch.”
Undoubtedly the greatest boxer of all time, even at the ripe old age of 44, will fight a YouTuber, who, despite his size advantage, is not fit to lace the gloves of the American.
But ‘Money’ has never missed an opportunity to boost his bank balance. His eyes must have rolled with dollar signs when this strange extravaganza was presented to him.
Floyd Mayweather (left) takes on Logan Paul (right) in a ridiculous mismatch
A circus, freak show, money grab? This event has been mentioned all of the above, but what most would agree on is that it will be a competitive sport in the same way that big game hunting with powerful weapons is a ‘sport’.
Mayweather has fought with mixed martial arts stars and played with exhibitions, but those opponents were at least professional martial arts athletes.
Now he’s essentially going up against a white-collar boxer who believes he can deliver what he calls the biggest upset in history.
So how big is the gap in class and experience, what is Paul doing to nullify it and how do the two boxers compare?
Paul enters the Mayweather with only one pro fight, which he lost, to his name
Boxing career so far
Mayweather is one of the few boxers who has retired professionally and has a perfect record.
He hung up the gloves at 49-0 before taking the extra step to 50 with the most lucrative fight in history — a win over UFC star Conor McGregor in their 2017 crossover clash.
The American didn’t always set the world on fire with his defensive mastery, but it proved incredibly effective and stunned all newcomers.
He was always destined for a successful career after winning bronze at the 1996 Olympics and transitioned into the pro ranks without a hitch.
Mayweather, pictured here beating Ricky Hatton, retired as a pro with a 50-0 . record
Mayweather cleared, won 15 world championships and was the outright champion in four different weight divisions.
He also fought some of the biggest contenders of the time, beating Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Arturo Gatti and of course Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather’s long and illustrious career at the top of his game is in stark contrast to Paul’s. In 2018, British YouTuber KSI (Olajide William Olatunji) challenged Paul to a boxing match.
Both men have a huge online following and recognized that he was an easy way to make money. It took place at the Manchester Arena and ended as a majority draw.
They then had a rematch in Los Angeles in what was a professionally sanctioned fight, which KSI won via split decision.
So Mayweather, a 50-0 pro, won all his fights, many against the world’s best, while Saturday’s opponent once fought professionally against a fellow YouTuber and lost.
Paul drew his first fight with KSI (left) as an amateur and lost the rematch as a pro
Mayweather changed his persona from “Pretty Boy Floyd” to “Money” and fully lived up to the moniker.
He is the highest earning boxer of all time. Forbes previously reported that the American alone has made $1 billion in prize money and that’s without all of the sponsorship deals, endorsements, and diverse business portfolio.
Mayweather’s biggest payday was against McGregor, where he racked up $200 million (£141 million) and he expects to make it again from Saturday’s pay-per-view, earning fans in the US $35 and the UK £16. 95 costs.
In Paul’s first fight with KSI, there were estimates of between £20-40 million, but both men dismissed those as exaggerated.
The second fight, this time as a pro, guaranteed Paul a purse of £635,000, but he probably took home much more, although the final amount has never been confirmed.
Mayweather has made more than anyone else in boxing, taking home £141 million for fighting Conor McGregor in their massive 2017 crossover bout
Mayweather’s most lucrative fight was the aforementioned crossover clash with McGregor.
But the fight that was paramount to the American’s legacy was his monstrous confrontation with Pacquiao.
The world had waited so long for two of the sport’s greats to go head to head and although both men were past their prime, it was still highly anticipated.
Marketed as “the fight of the century,” the significance of the 2015 Las Vegas blockbuster couldn’t be downplayed.
It was a joint HBO and Showtime production, and the fight turned out to be the best-selling pay-per-view ever at the time with 4.6 million purchases.
Mayweather Takes the ‘Fight of the Century’ Victory Against Manny Pacquiao in 2015
The fight itself was disappointing and Pacquiao injured his shoulder again in the fourth round.
The Filipino legend struggled to make clean punches and failed to make his way through the defending mage facing him.
Mayweather didn’t care, he added another win to his record and an indelible mark on his legacy.
Paul’s biggest professional fight was his only as a professional, the rematch defeat to KSI. The experience of performing in front of thousands of people will no doubt help him calm his nerves on Saturday, but that’s about it.
Mayweather’s gym is notorious and they call it the “dog house.” Brutal sparring sessions are legendary with ‘Money’ and all the others clinging to the ropes to see an old-fashioned tear.
It is a tough school where respect has to be earned with blood and sweat.
Of course, Mayweather herself honed his craft from childhood. His father claimed that as a baby, he had even trained him “in the crib” and “poked” him before he could walk.
And he is known for his enormous work ethic. Former sparring partner Denis Douglas told The Sun: “Everything he does is different, he does his own thing.
Mayweather, pictured here with blood on his gloves and body, is known for hard training
“Floyd would go to the club, finish at 3AM and then start training.
‘That was regular. It sounds crazy to the world, but the guy does what he wants, but he stays focused. He’s just on a whole different level.
“He’s a real workaholic. No one works harder than him. He will do hour-long training sessions, go to the locker rooms, have a little chat and then he will run about ten kilometers.
“He trains sometimes crazy times. I’m not sparring with him, but we’d get a call in the middle of the night and he’ll say, “Go to the gym, we’re working out”.
No stranger to hard work, Paul played American football in high school. He also strives to improve his skills by setting up a training camp in Puerto Rico.
He is sparring at Team La Perla’s gym and trying to improve his skills. One coach, Lucas Ruiz, who oversaw the sessions, came out with a damning verdict, saying: “I would describe him as complicated, he is a complicated fighter, but I wouldn’t say he is a good fighter or a great fighter , just complicated.
“He can bring trouble to someone who doesn’t have that much experience, but he certainly doesn’t challenge Mayweather.
‘That’s not even a question. Logan has a very basic style, he throws the jab, throws his jab and tries to put his right hand in it.’
Clearly there is no substitute for a lifetime of work and Paul will have to cling to the hope that his youth and size will be a leveler.
Paul was known to a younger audience after developing a following with his YouTube channel, mainly focused on jokes.
But he first really came into wider public consciousness after a controversial and hugely unsavory video in Japan.
The clip showed him in Aokigahara, Japan, known as “suicide forest.” Paul depicted the recently deceased corpse of a man who had died by hanging himself.
Paul’s video of the corpse and his group’s reactions to it were criticized by celebrities and politicians.
He subsequently apologized in writing and via video and removed the video.
Paul was criticized for a video in which he reacts to finding a dead body in a forest
In 2018, he was temporarily suspended from YouTube for a number of incidents, including removing a fish from his pond to “jokingly resuscitate” him and using a taser on two dead rats.
Of course, Mayweather is no stranger to controversy either. In 2002, he was given a six-month suspended sentence and sentenced to 48 hours of community service after being charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of felony.
Three years later, he pleaded not guilty to a battery charge charge after punching and kicking a bouncer, for which he received a 90-day suspended prison sentence. Then in 2011 he struck a deal when he pleaded guilty to the felony of ex-girlfriend Josie Harris.
He was also criticized for using homophobic language in the run-up to the fight with McGregor when he accused the Irishman of racism.