MIAMI BEACH, Florida – Floyd Mayweather’s maniacal approach to training was among the traits that enabled him to win world titles in five divisions, become boxing’s pound-for-pound king and earn enormous sums of money.
Mayweather admits, though, that he didn’t prepare for his August 2017 fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor with quite the same intensity as had become customary. He still stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their junior middleweight match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 44-year-old Mayweather seems to have even less regard for Logan Paul than McGregor, which led to a training camp comparable to the one he had before he met McGregor.
“For this, same thing,” Mayweather told Showtime’s Brian Campbell and Luke Thomas during a press event Thursday. “Kinda trained a little bit, a little bit here and there. Not every day. But I don’t have to.”
The light mood at the venue formerly known as the Versace Mansion seemed appropriate for Mayweather to reveal that he didn’t take training nearly as seriously for this eight-round exhibition Sunday night as he did during his prime. Though he noted, “I’m in good shape. You guys will see,” Mayweather wasn’t exactly touting a bigger, younger opponent as someone with a legitimate chance to win in their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event.
“I’m fighting a YouTuber who thinks he’s a real fighter,” Mayweather said. “And I’m getting crazy money for it. I’ve already made $30 million just building up to the fight. Just with the build-up, I’ve already made $30 million.”
If the inexperienced Paul somehow were to pull off a huge upset, Mayweather made it clear that a loss wouldn’t impact his perfect 50-0 record because this isn’t an official fight.
“This is a real fight for him,” Mayweather said. “This is not a real fight for me.”
The Hall-of-Fame fighter has such little respect for the 6-feet-3 Paul, Mayweather claims he didn’t bother watching Paul’s only professional fight – a six-round, split-decision defeat to YouTube rival Olajide “KSI” Olatunji in November 2019 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen,” a dismissive Mayweather said, “but I don’t really know Jake or Logan Paul.”
The Mayweather-Paul spectacle will headline Showtime’s four-fight pay-per-view show from Hard Rock Stadium in nearby Miami Gardens. The event is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EDT and costs $49.99.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.