Floyd Mayweather will 'train his a** off' for fight against Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather will ‘train his a** off’ for his exhibition fight against YouTuber Logan Paul, insists his sparring partner, with the unbeaten star wary his unfancied opponent could ‘change the world of boxing’

  • Floyd Mayweather is said to be taking his bout against Logal Paul seriously  
  • His sparring partner Denis Douglin claims he is ‘training his a** off’ for the fight 
  • ‘Money’ will take on the YouTube star in an exhibition match on February 20 
  • Douglin says Floyd will be wary that Paul could ‘changing the world of boxing’

Floyd Mayweather won’t be taking his exhibition fight against YouTuber Logal Paul lightly, according to his sparring partner Denis Douglin – claiming the unbeaten welterweight will ‘train his a** off’

‘Money’ caused a surprise by announcing he would lock horns with Paul on February 20, risking his perfect 50-0 record against the social media star, who has had just two fights against fellow YouTuber KSI.

Mayweather, seen as one of the greatest fighters ever, is expected to ease to victory against Paul, but Douglin insists that won’t change his preparations for the fight – and says the prospect of a shocking defeat will keep him on his toes.  

Floyd Mayweather will be training hard for fight against Logan Paul, his sparring partner says

The YouTuber has only fought twice but Mayweather is wary he could change the boxing world

‘I think he could walk in as he is and still be fine but Floyd being Floyd, he’s going to train and he’s going to train his ass off,’ he told The Sun.

‘That’s just the level of perfectionist he is. The kid is a lot bigger and anything can happen. He lands a freak punch and knocks Floyd out, you change the world of boxing.

‘Floyd’s not going to let that happen. Floyd, in my opinion, will train for this.

‘Maybe not as intense as he would for Pacquiao or someone like that, but he’s not going to come off the street and fight him.’

Mayweather’s sparring partner Denis Douglin (R) called him a ‘master entertainer’

The 50-0 welterweight will ‘train his a** off for the exhibition bout on February 20

Mayweather’s last fight came in a 2018 exhibition against Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa, who he wiped out in the first round – making £6million from the contest in Tokyo.  

On this occasion though, he is expected to be patient in his approach and not go for the kill straight away. Douglin said Mayweather was ‘a master entertainer’ and added he would look to give fans their money’s worth. 

‘The way boxing is going is in the direction of entertainment, and Floyd is a master entertainer,’ he added.

‘He could have done the same with Conor [McGregor], but he wanted to entertain the crowd and I thought that fight was great.

He made light work of Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in his last exhibition in 2018

‘Conor caught him with some good shots. I think Floyd will make it entertaining, not blow Logan Paul out.

‘But when he’s ready, he’ll take it seriously and show the world there’s levels to this. 

‘There is no statement to be made, if Floyd comes out and knocks out a YouTuber in 30 seconds no one got entertained, we already knew he could do that.’

Despite being out of the ring for two years, Douglin admitted he was surprised with Mayweather’s ‘power’ after taking him on in sparring and called him ‘a freak of nature’. 

‘I feel like he’s got stronger and faster than the last time we sparred before the Tenshin fight.

‘Somehow he’s still improving. He’s a freak of nature.’

Douglin said Mayweather was stronger than he was two years ago and ‘a freak of nature’

This fight has drawn plenty of criticism from the boxing world due to the huge contrast in experience between the two fighters, but it’s set to perform well with pay-per-view buys thanks to the popularity of both. Mayweather has a legion of supporters from his career, while Paul has 22.6m followers on YouTube.

Paul himself admitted he was shocked to hear he had landed the lucrative contract to take on Mayweather, claiming the bout ‘makes no f***ing sense’.

‘None of this is comprehensible,’ he told Food Truck Diaries. ‘This makes no f***ing sense. My manager, [this] is months ago, comes up to me, he says “Logan would you fight Floyd Mayweather?” I go, “I mean yes I would, but why are you asking me that question? Like go do something else, this makes no sense, how is that going to be a thing ever?”

Paul himself has admitted his surprise that he landed the lucrative deal to fight Mayweather

‘I think a month later, he approached me with a contract. He said “if you sign here, you’re going to be fighting Floyd Mayweather”. I said “sure Jeff, I’ll sign your fantasy contract. Like f*** you, why would this ever happen?” 

‘I signed it, and then after just months and months of going back and forth and figuring out dates, we had three different dates, and how to announce it, and just like the strategy behind it. 

‘It finally came to fruition, and this event that supersedes everything I’ve ever done in my life, is finally solidified.’  

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