Jake Paul is all for trading sanctioned punches with boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A few days after the Hall of Fame boxer called out the YouTuber-turned-cruiserweight curio to a “real fight”, Paul, 25, doubled down on his initial affirmative response. In a video posted on his social media Sunday, Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) insisted that he would take Mayweather up on his offer, however, with the caveat that he gets to weigh in at 175, while Mayweather gets to come in at 165.
“All right, ladies and gentlemen, picture this: It’s 2022. Floyd Mayweather is ruining his legacy fighting no-name guys, wasting his fans’ money, wasting his fans’ time,” Paul said. “He doesn’t even know the names of the guys he’s fighting, and then he chooses to fight Comedy Shorts Gamer, influencer, to make some money to pay his tax bills.
“Floyd Mayweather telling Jake Paul that you will only fight Jake Paul if he comes down to his weight, 140 pounds or something. I can’t believe what’s going on in the world. I can’t believe this is real.”
“Floyd, I will fight you, and you know that’s one of the biggest fights to make in boxing,” Paul continued. “I weigh 175, you weigh 165. We can get that done, make a couple $100 million.”
Paul’s comments were delivered shortly after Mayweather knocked out Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura in two rounds in an exhibition bout staged by RIZIN in Japan. It was announced Monday that Mayweather has another exhibition bout lined up for November, in Dubai, against popular YouTuber Deji.
Paul is set to face perhaps the toughest opponent of his career on Oct. 29 when he faces retired MMA legend Anderson Silva at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix.
“Money May” has had some history with Paul. Mayweather fought Paul’s older brother, Logan Paul, last year in an exhibition fight distributed on Showtime Pay-Per-View. In the lead-up to the fight, during a press conference, Paul snatched Mayweather’s hat. The elder Paul, a boxing novice, eventually weighed in at 189.5 pounds, while Mayweather weighed in at 155 pounds. The younger Paul, who has fought five professional fights thus far, has fought mostly around the 190-pound mark.
Paul, however, thinks the 45-year-old Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs), in the end, will simply come up with an alibi not to fight him.
“But what will your excuse be?” Paul said. “You didn’t care what my brother weighed, so why do you care what I weigh? Oh, because you know, you know what’s going to happen. I want to say, ‘I got your 0.’ I don’t want to just say, ‘I got your hat.’ I got your 0.
“But you’re going to find a way to dance around this. You’ve said, ‘Oh, once he fights a professional fighter, he’s going to get destroyed. It’ll be bad for him.’ Why not let that be you – the best ever? There’s only one Mayweather, but he’s scared to fight Jake Paul. It’s 2022. I can’t believe what the f----’s going on, guys. Goddammit.”