MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A month before he returns to the ring at age 44 for an exhibition bout, Floyd Mayweather wound up in an altercation in the news conference to the struggle.
The boxing Hall of Famer will confront Logan Paul in a pay-per-view event on June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. On Thursdayhe squared off — sort of — with Paul’s brother, Jake, who prompted the scuffle when he shot Mayweather’s cap.
Apparently incensed that Mayweather known as both Pauls”bogus fighters” and offered to take on both on the same night, Jake Paul confronted the former winner. In what appeared to be a staged get-together, Jake Paul caught Mayweather’s white baseball cap and”security” jumped between both as Mayweather jumped toward him.
“I do not need to talk about what I’m going to perform. The world understands what I’m going to do,” Mayweather said. “I’m willing to fight both at exactly the same night.”
Talking to The Sport afterwards Thursday, Mayweather said the scuffle was sparked by what he felt was a lack of respect by Paul.
“I don’t wish to be disrespected,” he explained. “You can not keep touching me and disrespecting me.”
“Jake Paul wanted a little attention, and he got it. And so did I,” he explained.
Paul, meanwhile, continued to have some fun with it posting on Instagram a video of him having”gotcha hat” tattooed to his lower leg.
Mayweather had a 50-0 record with 27 knockouts during a career in which he won world titles in five weight divisions over three years. One of the competitions he beat were Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya before he murdered 2015 — though he stopped mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor at 2017.
In the 26-year-old Logan Paul, Mayweather will confront a star created online. Followed by more than 20 million on YouTube, Paul began boxing in 2019 with a six-round bout against fellow YouTube star KSI. A former high school wrestler, Paul will have a 6-inch height advantage over Mayweather, but he clearly gives away plenty in ring expertise and mastery.
“Logan Paul is huge on YouTube and he’s got a huge following. He is a big man, strong man,” Mayweather said. “It’s only fun. It is entertaining. It is all about entertainment and, of course, when he’s on social media, he is interesting to people all of the time.”
It is unsure if Mayweather was referring to the information conference altercation as amusing, too.
“I only feel inspired,” Logan Paul said. I really do. This battle means so much to me personally. To my fans. To my loved ones. To everybody watching who believed they couldn’t do anything in life. That’s the energy I’m going in with. Everyone says that this is impossible. Well, it was impossible that I got this battle.”
The undercard will feature heavyweight Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack, and super welterweight Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias. Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson will make his boxing debut.
The pay-per-view telecast will be on Showtime.