Floyd Mayweather wants to face Jake Paul in a pro fight if the latter comes down to Mayweather’s current weight class. ‘Money’ fought Jake Paul’s older brother Logan Paul in June 2021 in an exhibition bout at a weight limit of 160 pounds for himself and 190 pounds for ‘The Maverick’.
Professional competition would require both men to appear at the same weight, and Floyd Mayweather is unwilling to move up to Jake Paul’s natural weight class. Before facing Mikuru Asakura at RIZN 38, “Money” sat down with TMZ Sports and talked about his chances of meeting “The Problem Child” in the ring.
“He [Jake Paul] said I didn’t want to do a show against Floyd Mayweather. He said I only do real fights and of course I can’t gain weight but I’ll fight him in a real fight at the weight I’m at but Jake Paul I mean right now what he’s doing is good for what he does, but once he fights a real real fighter, it’s gonna be bad.
Watch the interview below:
Floyd Mayweather recently claimed he was in talks to face UFC megastar Conor McGregor in a pro boxing match. The two collided in 2017, a fight Mayweather won via 10th-round TKO and hung up the gloves with a 50-0 record. The super fight generated $4.3 million in PPV buys, the second highest in sports history.
Mayweather vs. McGregor 2 could have been lucrative for both men. However, McGregor hinted that he was not interested in the fight. The Irishman will apparently be returning to the UFC octagon soon and Mayweather may have to keep looking for prize opponents.
Floyd Mayweather doesn’t want to take real punishment in the ring
At 46, Mayweather has amassed generational wealth for himself alongside an unrivaled professional boxing record and world championships in five weight classes. He is still competing in exhibition fights to keep the million dollar salary. However, he no longer intends to risk his health. While referring to the potential rematch with McGregor, he said:
“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight, but there have been discussions about both. I would prefer an exhibition. I’m not into fights where I’m going to take real punishment.”
Boxing fans offered mixed reactions to Mayweather’s statements. That said, several people criticized “Money” and ridiculed his approach to the sport.