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Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul Preview: How Logan Paul Can Defeat Floyd Mayweather
In an amateur boxing match that will somehow draw millions of views, YouTuber Logan Paul actually might have a puncher's chance to hang with the greatest fighter of this generation.
The Westlake, Ohio native is a massive +775 underdog to take down Floyd Mayweather, who holds a 50-0 record in his professional career. Paul is 0-1-1 in his amateur boxing career with a loss to a fellow YouTuber, KSI.
Mayweather is favored at -1667.
In order to make any serious profit betting on Mayweather, you'd have to be willing to plunk down a serious chunk of change. On the inverse, Paul is a heavy underdog and a small wager could result in a lucrative pay day.
Here's the argument for how Logan Paul could defeat Floyd Mayweather.
Honey, I Shrunk The Boxer
A Photoshopped poster of the classic movie, "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" has been Logan Paul's source of entertainment on Instagram leading up to the fight, and for good reason.
Paul has to weigh in under 190 pounds for this fight since Mayweather won't weigh much more than 150. Paul will be fined $100,000 for every pound he weighs in over the 190 pound threshold.
Along with a 40 pound weight difference in favor of Paul, at 6-foot-2, he towers over Mayweather's 5-foot-8 frame. While Mayweather is known for his defensive fighting style, Paul will be his tallest opponent to date, giving the YouTuber a massive reach advantage which is important while sparring.
"One thing a bigger guy has against a small guy is a puncher's chance. You can't doubt that one punch can change the whole outcome of a fight," Paul's trainer Milton Lacroix said.
Of course, Mayweather remains the decorated boxer in this bout and has almost definitely practiced with opponents taller than him while training. However, if Paul can generate enough of a technical buffer to Mayweather's skillset, his size could be his saving grace.
"I Just Got To Show Up"
It's officially safe to say that Mayweather is not taking this boxing match seriously at all.
“No strategy. I’ve just got to show up,” Floyd said in a recent interview. "“If I want it to go one round, it’ll go one round. If I want it to go two, two. It’s all up to me. His first name is Logan … Logan Fall after June 6, because he’s gonna fall.”
While Mayweather is probably correct, in any sport, regardless of skill level, it always feels silly to play down to your competition. This is especially true in combat sports, where one lapse in judgement or focus could result in a serious injury.
Similarly, former UFC fighter Ben Askren and former NBA player Nate Robinson had the same mentality entering a fight with Logan's little brother, Jake Paul. Both were professional athletes stepping into a boxing ring against a YouTuber and Disney star. Jake won both fights via first-round knockouts.
This is the first time Mayweather has fought since 2018 where he defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa via first-round TKO in an exhibition match in Japan. Mayweather was three inches taller than Nasukawa in that fight, and barely got touched the entire first round leading up to the knockout.
"You are witnessing the greatest finesse job in history," Paul said. "Why is Floyd Mayweather getting in the ring with me? He has everything to lose. You got finessed. You got finessed, Floyd. Imagine I beat him for one second. I have to imagine taking this fight would be a regret."
Mayweather is an actual boxer and a much more talented striker than Askren and Robinson, but Logan has had access to premium gyms and world-class trainers to prepare for this fight.
At the end of the day, Paul truly has nothing to lose.
Paul's Athletic Beginnings
Before Paul ever launched a Vine account and started a career of internet fame, he was a student athlete at Westlake High School.
In 2012, Paul was Cleveland Plain Dealer's All-Star linebacker. He also qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Division I state wrestling tournament during his junior and senior year at Westlake.
Paul was able to retire from athletics when he enrolled at Ohio University on a full-ride academic scholarship for industrial engineering due to a 4.7 high school GPA.
While training with Logan, UFC's Paulo Costa said that Paul suprised him in sparring and is very skilled in wrestling.
While he won't be able to wrestle Mayweather, his athletic beginnings are a slept on factor heading into this match with Mayweather.
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