Logan Paul has kickstarted the mind games with Floyd Mayweather ahead of their money-spinning exhibition bout next year.
Paul, who has close to 23 million subscribers on YouTube, struck an lucrative agreement to face the boxing legend on 20 February 2021.
It will be the first time Mayweather has laced up the gloves in over two years, having last competed in a dominant exhibition victory over Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve 2018.
He cemented a legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time during his extraordinary 21-year career, which saw him maintain a flawless 50-0 record.
Paul, on the other hand, boasts a professional record of 0-1 after suffering a split-decision points defeat on his debut against fellow YouTuber KSI back in November 2019.
Yet the 25-year-old is clearly unfazed by Mayweather’s unparalleled success inside the squared circle, taking to Instagram to mock him for his height.
Along with a disproportionate picture which shows a much bigger Paul towering over a tiny Mayweather, the YouTube sensation wrote: “50 and oh my god he’s small @floydmayweather”.
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According to reports, however, Mayweather will be the one laughing last from a financial point of view.
It is believed the four-weight world champion will collect $5million upfront for his part in the exhibition, as well as 50 per cent of all pay-per-view sales.
Paul will reportedly be receiving just $200,000 upfront and a much smaller two per cent of PPV sales.
Nevertheless, the latter is simply ecstatic to have lured one of the sport’s all-time greats into the ring.
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“None of this is comprehensible,” Paul said to Food Truck Diaries.
“This makes no f****** 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?’
“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.’
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“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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