There hasn’t been a lot of optimism about Logan Paul’s chances against Floyd Mayweather. He’s a huge underdog in Las Vegas. Professional fighters have given him no respect, and now his own brother has offered perhaps the bluntest assessment of his fate yet. Jake Paul, who has also spent some time in the ring recently, was asked how he thought his brother would do, and well, to put it nicely, let’s just say he’s not confident.
Jake Paul ran into a TMZ cameraman earlier this week who asked him about his brother’s chances. He did not hold back. He said Logan is “fucked” and that the entire fight is bad for the sport of boxing. You can check out a portion of his blunt quote below…
My brother is fucked. It’s bad for the sport. I think it’s just for clout. My brother is a fake fighter. I’m the real fighter. He’s 0-1-1. I’m 3-0. I wish him the best of luck, but don’t get in there with the guy who has never been knocked down.
First of all, he’s not wrong. I’m not sure I would say it’s bad for boxing, but the cold hard truth is Logan Paul lost and tied against KSI, who is another YouTuber and not a professional fighter. Floyd Mayweather is 50-0 and considered by many to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers, at least in a technical sense, in history. Yes, he’s smaller, older and has been retired for awhile, but the skill level here shouldn’t even be close.
Second of all, I’m a little surprised at how bluntly Jake Paul seems to be taking shit to Logan Paul here, at least in terms of how his own fighting abilities measure up. Logan previously took some shots at Jake's attempts to get in the ring with Conor McGregor, but that seemed to be more from a concerned about his safety angle. The above quote almost sounds like Jake is trying to get his brother in the ring. The Paul Brothers know how to make headlines and that would certainly make headlines, and brothers have scrapped in hockey before. That being said, I’m not really sure that fight would get either of them anywhere. The pay per view buys wouldn’t expand outside their own fanbase, and if Logan Paul loses to Floyd Mayweather (which he almost certainly will), I’m not really sure there’s going to be a big market for him getting back in the ring.
All that being said, I do think Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will do pretty solid business. Mayweather is responsible for many of the most lucrative fights in boxing history, and the Paul brothers have done pretty well so far too. Both men should bring an entirely different audience to the table, and you would have to think some people will tune in just to watch the sideshow nature of the broadcast. Paul will reportedly only take home a fraction of the total purse, but a fraction of Mayweather sized purse may still be larger than the lion’s share of a smaller purse.
The Mayweather/ Paul fight is currently scheduled for February 20th. Given all that time, it’s likely we’ll get plenty of more brother-on-brother trash talk, and if history is any indication, Mayweather will get in there at some point and verbally mix it up himself. He’s got a long history of selling fights, and if the insults ever turn toward him, he’s not just going to sit there and take it.