Win or lose, Logan Paul knows he’s about to join a list of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s exhibition bouts. Paul is not a champion from another combat sport, nor does he hold any boxing titles but he still thinks he’s different compared to anyone Mayweather has ever faced.
During his media day workout, Paul told those in attendance how he differs from the likes of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Conor McGregor. “I’m just not them,” he said, “I’m not going in there at 155 pounds. I’m not going in there with the fight meaning the entire world to me. I have nothing to lose. This whole thing is going to be fun for me. I’m going to play with Floyd – gonna dog him and hit him hard. I’m going to break him down physically, mentally, everything. I don’t like comparing myself to other guys. As great as they might be, I’m not them.”
Paul is probably the biggest opponent Mayweather has ever faced and the weight difference according to ESPN’s recent report on the rules for their exhibition match. Paul even told the media that he is currently around 195 pounds.
Paul said, “Weight is great and we’re about 195. Energy is great and I feel strong, fast, sharp. I have no complaints. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. And I need to be because it’s an eight-round fight. It’s the longest fight I’ve ever fought.”
With the match set for eight, three-minute rounds Paul will likely need to balance cardio with trying to land on one of the best boxers to compete in recent history. Mayweather’s style is elusive and being the smaller lighter man means footwork and counter-punching is to be expected.
Paul added, “This whole thing is surreal. Everything about it. I told my manager and we kind of had an inside joke that until I get in the ring with him, I didn’t think this fight was happening. But I think it’s safe to say that I can believe it now. I think it’s happening. It’s fight week. I can’t imagine Floyd would back out now, but who knows? Old man fakes an injury. Gets scared of the big kid. I’m excited.”
“Bragging Rights” Mayweather vs. Paul SHOWTIME pay-per-view airs Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel