Mayweather calls Logan Paul fight ‘a legal bank robbery’ amid £70m purse claims

Floyd Mayweather has described his upcoming boxing match against Logan Paul as “a legal bank robbery”, with rumours that the retired boxer is set to pocket over £70m from the bout.

Mayweather retired from professional boxing after defeating UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017. He returned to the ring in 2018, facing Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout, where he was victorious via first-round knockout.

His upcoming bout against Paul, a social media star with over 20 million YouTube subscribers, marks his second return to the boxing ring and is widely expected to be an even more one-sided contest, despite Mayweather’s significant height, weight and reach disadvantages.

With the event fast approaching, Mayweather has received more and more criticism for tarnishing boxing’s reputation and entertaining the circus that is ‘YouTuber boxing’.

In a recent interview, Mayweather defended his actions, arguing that the fight was simply good business. With a rumoured purse of over £70m, it’s hard to blame him.

"My nickname is Money for a reason.

"I worked extremely hard for years and years to get to a certain level. A level where we can start calling everything an event.

"I believe in working smarter, not harder. So if it’s something easy like [the Paul fight], a legalized bank robbery, I gotta do it. I have to do it.”

Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul is set to take place this weekend on June 6 in Miami, Florida.

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Headlined by an exhibition between 50-0 Mayweather and 0-1 Paul, the card also features Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colina, the boxing debut of former NFL star Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson, and the return of Viddal Riley, who many may know as the former boxing trainer of YouTuber KSI.

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