The kickoff press conference for the exhibition match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul featured some WWE-like theatrics when both parties and their entourages engaged in an every-man-for-himself clash that mirrored a Royal Rumble.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) is all too familiar with the histrionics that come with wrestling.
The 44-year-old, five-division champion, Hall of Famer and fighter of the decade once used brass knuckles to knock out The Big Show during WrestleMania XXIV in 2008.
The always brash Mayweather is now taking his trash-talking game to the top rope by bringing in the late great manager of The Undertaker with some word play to better explain how he’s going to pulverize Paul.
“I know how to fight. I know how to entertain. I kick a-- for a living. After this fight they are going to call me a 'Paul-bearer,'” Mayweather said on Showtime’s “Inside Mayweather vs. Paul” show ahead of their exhibition at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Showtime pay-per-view ($49.99).
“June 6, that boy ain't got a chance. Yeah, it's an exhibition. But I'm going to tighten his a-- up for disrespecting … [Logan] disrespected me. Somebody can seriously get hurt by disrespect. I aint nothing to play with. I'm not for jokes. Totally disrespectful. That's why you ended up with two black eyes, your nose got f----- and your teeth got chipped. Keep f------ with me and next time you'll end up in a neck brace. Keep f------ with me.”
The match between Mayweather and Paul will be eight rounds at three minutes each, and 10-ounce gloves will be used.
Mayweather is unfazed that Paul will weigh nearly 30 pounds more, be six inches taller while also having a four-inch reach advantage.
“He thinks sometimes that size wins fights. Or weight wins fights. I don't care what anybody says. A fight wins a fight,” said Mayweather.
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