Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Money In The Bank
Floyd Mayweather is the enigma that won’t go away. Tempted by or in need of the money and with an ego that needs constant inflating, Mayweather just can’t let go. He seems intent on hanging around until there are no miles left in the fighting brand.
Mayweather has many flaws elsewhere but in the ring, at his peak, he had very few. Even in his last real meaningful fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, Mayweather showed his class. Pacquiao made his excuses, Mayweather made his point.
Mayweather fought with caution, certainly, in the twilight years of his career, he took minimal risks, aware that every punch absorbed now, will count much more later in life. The millions earned are not worth paying a far greater price in the years to come. Mayweather can’t be faulted with his safety-first approach. Health and wealth go hand in hand. That safety first ideology shows no sign of letting up as he bleeds all of the remaining fight left in his body.
The self-proclaimed best ever was certainly cynical in the last few years, picking opponents who posed little threat, he knew the end was coming. Mayweather took what he could while he could, low-risk high reward, Money Mayweather he most certainly was. The fighter that probably understood the fight business more than any boxer in history. In a blood sport, Mayweather knew how to play the game to perfection. In many ways, he was an artist at work.
If the interest is still there you can’t blame Mayweather for continuing to dabble in a sport he once ruled. Andre Berto was bad, very bad, Conor McGregor was a circus that fooled many. Somehow they got people to watch to see what would happen when virtually everyone knew exactly what would happen. McGregor believed, blinded by arrogance, Mayweather just knew. In 2018 the Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa was stopped inside a round, an exhibition of many things. An episode akin to the playground bully doing his thing.
The circus is back in town, Mayweather returns once again. In an exhibition of the might of the dollar, Logan Paul, one-half of the YouTube brothers that have created a new playground in the world of boxing, is the hand-picked opposition. Money for nothing, more money in the bank. Make no mistake that is why we are here. The only reason.
I don’t know or care what the Paul brothers do in their normal day jobs. They create content on YouTube I am told, what that content is has thankfully passed me by. I can guess. But they have millions of followers, and they have done incredibly well for themselves. They have created personalities that many find irritating at best. The fact that Mayweather is perceived as the good guy says plenty. An act or otherwise, it works for them. They know what they are doing.
Mayweather recently turned 44 and looking more like Adrien Broner with each passing day, he will hope that’s where the similarities end. Mayweather feels he only has to turn up to win. He is probably right, but complacency has cost many before him. Despite the diminishing opposition, millions still tuned in to watch the final rounds of his real boxing career, many to see him lose Mayweather rarely obliges in anything, losing was never part of the script.
The ‘exhibition’ with Paul will see many who once jeered now cheer, hoping the old champion will rid the sport of at least one of the brothers who seem intent on using their new toy for as long as they can. Content for views, anything goes in search of clicks. The Paul brothers do really think they are fighters, they might be in their own minds. Fighting who they have so far, no doubt makes them believe that. The land of make believe.
They deserve some respect and they genuinely want to be respected as fighters. But the longer it goes on the risk is that one day they will find themselves in too deep. When their ego goes out of control, and their public starts to yawn, it will go badly wrong for them. For Logan, that moment appears imminent.
Boxing often sinks to the bottom of moral fortitude, it’s not a place for preaching values and decency. A sport so simple, made complicated by those that choose to take from those that risk far more than a few dollars. Everything revolves around one thing.
Mayweather vs Paul is another step on the worrying trend that threatens to overshadow fighters and fights that deserve far more attention. It’s an easy win, but equally, everything that is currently wrong in the sport.
Mayweather shouldn’t be fighting period, to be fighting a YouTube ‘star’ is insulting not only to his own incredibly impressive legacy but to the sport where he made his name. The amount of money and interest it will generate doesn’t change or excuse what it is. Gareth A Davies has called it a ‘smash and grab,’ he is right.
If by some miracle Logan wins, some elements of the damage will be irreversible and unbearable. Paul is younger and bigger, the only things he has in his favour. He needs more, much more. Paul is tall and fights taller. His chin is there to be hit. Mayweather will surely oblige. Mayweather is no KSI.
The hope is Mayweather wins and finally goes away to count his millions and find whatever he needs elsewhere. But the likelihood is that a win will set up more of the same later this year. Jake Paul will probably face Mayweather with a narrative of family revenge and much more, the showbiz will continue with no end in sight. Jake Paul will bring more to the table, most of it we could do without. Mayweather will continue with the heist.
Mayweather will pick and choose what he does, who he fights, the least amount of risk with the highest possible reward. Boxing will hope that a YouTuber isn’t the one who benefits if and when Mayweather finally gets it wrong. The longer the circus goes on, the more likely one day he will.