In a few short hours, Floyd Mayweather will step back into the boxing ring to do battle against an unlikely opponent: YouTube sensation Logan Paul, who was selected by “Money” because his follower count was high and his boxing record (0-1) was abysmally low.
There’s some sweet revenge for the combat sports world playing out tonight. Logan’s little brother Jake Paul hand-picked UFC veteran Ben Askren for his fight because “Funky” can’t punch and recently retired because of hip surgery. Now, Floyd is picking someone equally lame in Jake’s older brother Logan.
It’s almost kinda poetic.
Everyone agrees, this is going to be a slaughter. If Logan Paul couldn’t do anything significant in his sole boxing bout against British YouTuber “KSI,” what chances does he have against undefeated (50-0) G.O.A.T. contender Mayweather?
But, we can excuse people for thinking there may be a potential spoiler hidden somewhere in this very straightforward squash match. And that comes from knowing little about boxing and looking at some of the wide numbers in the tale of the tape.
Floyd Mayweather is 44. Logan Paul is 26. That’s essentially an 18-year gap. You could take the difference up to a strip club in Canada and get it drunk, that’s how big the difference is there. And let’s be clear: age does come for all fighters. Losing a fraction of a second off your reaction time could mean defeat ... if you’re facing a young legit boxer like Vergil Ortiz Jr. or Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. Against a hard-partying Instagram influencer knucklehead who has never honed their reaction time outside of a video game, it won’t matter.
Floyd Mayweather weighed in at 155 pounds and fought across his career from 130 pounds up to 154 pounds before. Logan Paul weighed in at 189.5 pounds, and probably cut down about 10 pounds considering he weighed in at 199.4 pounds for his bout against KSI. Again, that’s a big difference! 34.5 pounds is about the weight of an average 4 year old child. And like a 4 year old child in the ring against Mayweather, it will be completley useless. Mayweather’s speed and defense is legendary. What use is an extra 34.5 pounds of punching power if you can’t hit your opponent?
Height and Reach
Floyd Mayweather is 5’8.” Logan Paul is 6’2.” Floyd’s reach is 72,” while Logan’s is 76.” Please don’t be the kind of noob fan who thinks 4” of length will mean anything. There are guys with 80”+ arms who never learn how to utilize them because it takes years of building fundamentals before you have the ability to use foot movement and distance analysis and jab skills to do anything useful.
The key metric. The real tale, no tape needed. Floyd Mayweather is 50-0. Logan Paul is 0-1. Mayweather’s resume is a “Who’s Who” of boxing greats from the modern era. Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosely, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah and Jose Luis Castillo, among many others. Logan Paul’s sole defeat comes to fellow YouTube guy KSI, whose sole fight was against Logan Paul.
Floyd Mayweather has 27 knockouts in his 50 fights. Logan Paul has 27 less than Floyd Mayweather.
We’d say Floyd is about to add another knockout to his record, but this is an exhibition bout and it won’t count (see rules here) ... something Mayweather probably insisted on to keep his record a nice clean 50-0.
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