Much has been made about YouTube star Logan Paul’s decision to fight undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, but if you ask him, the risk there is nothing compared to his brother antagonizing former UFC Champion Conor McGregor. In fact, Logan Paul took his brother Jake to task recently, saying he’s dumb and going to get himself seriously hurt stepping into the ring. Obviously he was almost immediately roasted by his Impaulsive co-hosts for criticizing him and stepping in the ring with Mayweather, but he feels it’s very different.
The conversation took place during the Impaulsive episode that dropped earlier this week. Paul and company played the recent clip of Jake Paul calling out Conor McGregor and taking shots at his wife. None of it sat very well with Logan Paul who took some shots at his brother for picking on the wrong person. Here’s a portion of his quote…
I love Jake, obviously, but this one is fucking dumb. Sorry. Sorry. This one is fucking dumb, dude… I would rather fight Floyd Mayweather than Conor McGregor. I’m serious. Conor McGregor is a southpaw. He’s bigger than Floyd Mayweather. He’s active. He’s a precision striker knockout artist. Floyd is not. He’s older. Everyday I get better. I understand the discrepancy between us.
Obviously Logan Paul is extremely biased here, but there are certainly a few things that could be said about his point. First, Floyd Mayweather’s success in boxing is largely due to how quick he is and how great his instincts are. It is really, really hard to hit him. As such, his game plan is almost always to tire out his opponent, avoid getting hit and take over and really dominate in the later rounds. Because of that, his highlight reel isn’t really filled with a lot of scary knockouts. He just outboxes people, and Paul feels because he’s 43 and doesn’t regularly box anymore, the worst case scenario isn’t that bad.
Conor McGregor, on the other hand, is one of the most dangerous strikers in the history of the UFC. Some of his knockouts are legendary, and he has really hurt people in the ring. He’s also significantly younger than Mayweather, and he seems to take things very personally. So, to Logan Paul, the potential downside to stepping in the ring with McGregor is way worse because there could be potential for a serious injury.
All of that is absolutely true. To a certain extent, I agree with his points, but at the same time, Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers in history, and he easily defeated Conor McGregor a few years ago. It’s unclear if he was even fully trying during that match; so, it’s completely fair to wonder how Logan Paul could possibly survive multiple rounds.
Over the last several years, the Paul Brothers have proven very good at both generating controversy and making money. The publicity, good, bad or terrible, they are able to generate is incredible. Jake Paul’s recent knockout of ex-NBA player Nate Robinson was the leading topic of conversation on Twitter for hours, and the PPV money poured in. It’s hard to imagine Logan Paul and Mayweather won’t put up huge numbers too, though he allegedly won’t see as much of it as Floyd.
I highly doubt the McGregor/ Paul fight will ever happen. UFC promoter Dana White doesn’t want it, but if Logan Paul is to be believed, that’s a good thing for his brother’s health. We'll see how this plays out moving forward, but if history is any indication, Jake Paul probably isn't going to keep his opinions and his taunts to himself no matter who they're about.