Say what you want about Sunday’s boxing show between retired King Floyd Mayweather and YouTube star Logan Paul, but one fact remains indisputable: the eight-round fight firmly captured the world’s attention. casual sports and pop culture.
It might not be diehard fighting fans’ favorite cup of tea, of course, which has led many to use descriptors like carnival and circus to describe the build. Conversely, others have praised the spectacular nature of fighting, calling it professional boxing wrestling, which may be the most apt description at the end of the day.
Without a doubt, everything that happens after Mayweather, 44 (50-0, 27 KOs), touches gloves with Paul (0-1), 26, inside the ring (Time of the show PPV, 8 p.m. ET) to begin their fight will be very real, as will the consequences – both physical and on their respective reputations – based on the outcome of this fight, dubbed “Bragging Rights”.
But it’s hard to ignore how “pro wrestling” felt about preparing for the fight from an unpredictability standpoint – including Logan’s brother Jake Paul stealing Mayweather’s hat at their conference. May 6 press to start a mini-brawl. The trash conversation between them also ran the gamut from awkward to serious while being associated with an overall “fun factor” that casuals have flocked like a cat and boxing’s old guard have been resistant to accepting.
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So with that in mind, there is a little bit of anticipation and trepidation as to what will come after this weekend’s fight. Like, immediately after. Will Jake Paul come out from under the ring to attack Mayweather and start a build of their own fight (provided Jake overtakes Tyron Woodley in August on his Showtime PPV debut)? Or can either of the Paul brothers achieve their respective goal of bringing former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor back to soft science?
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Or how about something even more taboo and professional wrestling? What are the chances that the two Paul brothers will not be on a collision course to face each other one day?
Yes, I can feel the breeze of your quick eyes rolling from here. But it’s a topic that 24-year-old Logan and Jake (3-0, 3 KOs) are questioned about more than you might think.
“Everyone’s asking that question,” Logan Paul told CBS Sports last week. “I really believe part of the reason I was put on this earth was to entertain and put on a show for relief. I think fighting Jake would create a show that was never done and never happened. would probably never reproduce. excites me. ”
Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, the Ukrainian brothers who dominated the heavyweight division of boxing for more than a decade, promised their mother they would never fight. But the idea of a sibling brawl has come to fruition in the sport of MMA in recent years.
Former UFC stars and foster brothers Ken and Frank Shamrock flirted with the idea at the end of their careers despite a big difference in height, but never implemented it. Carlos Fodor and his adopted brother, Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor, agreed to do it under the World Series of Fighting banner in 2016, but it wasn’t publicized enough to make a big splash in the headlines and the fight, which Carlos won by decision, then drove an even deeper rift between the two.
“Everyone’s been asking us all of our time in this sport. I don’t know,” Jake Paul told CBS Sports. “One day we were like, ‘Yeah, we should do this. And then the next day we were like, “No, that’s a stupid idea.” “But hey, we’re here to write history so you never know what might happen.”
For the record, Jake’s reluctance is shared by just about every other member of his family – including his brother – although they both realize how much of a spectacle the event could be.
“I’m on the fence too. My parents would kill us. They don’t want this,” said Logan Paul. “My dad is a tough guy from Ohio but he still doesn’t want that. My mom doesn’t want it, my friends don’t. No one wants it near us. We never got together. beaten I think I’m better he thinks he’s better We have different coaches and different styles.
“I don’t know, I don’t know! Give us three years to hone these skills and find out who’s the best, once and for all.”
The differences between the brothers are as glaring as what makes them similar. When asked to explain this, Logan could only laugh and respond, “How much time do you have?” ”
Nicknamed “the problem child,” Jake is covered in tattoos and is clearly the more impulsive of the two. He entered the sport of boxing with reckless abandon and wants to be taken seriously for his efforts in this regard. Older brother Logan, though more calm and jovial in appearance, seems to contrast this by joking about just about everything, including his chances of defeating Mayweather.
“We are yin and yang. I’m sure he would say the same thing. We are exactly the same and exactly the opposite,” said Logan Paul. “We couldn’t be more alike and we couldn’t be more different. We’re brothers of the T, white and black. He’s the problem child and I’m obviously an angel for sure. ‘child. He’s the side of me that I’m not. ”
The only thing that is assured about Sunday’s fight from a Jake role perspective is that despite some reported setbacks early in Mayweather’s camp, he will be allowed into the stadium for the fight despite the whole episode. ” Gotcha Hat “.
“I’ll be there. Floyd, I think, has recovered from his little bitchy seizure,” Jake Paul said. “I [have been] portion [Logan] at boot camp I help him with his strength and conditioning, his state of mind, meditation, all that good stuff. I will be there to root him in the front row. I think if anyone in the world can do it, it’s Logan Paul. ”
Regardless of what goes into Sunday’s result, Logan Paul swears he’ll be back in the ring and a potential loss won’t slow the momentum of the Paul Brothers making their disruptive entry into the sport.
“Do losses matter? Said Logan Paul. “Conor McGregor just got his ass pounded and hurt himself badly. It’s been a loss, a loss, a loss, a loss. He’s also the highest paid athlete in the world. I don’t know. Can you put on a show? Do people want to come and see you fight? Sheesh. ”