Jake Paul: Floyd Mayweather Is Afraid To Risk His Legacy Against Me
YouTube star Jake Paul believes Floyd Mayweather won’t fight him in a pro bout due to fear.
Mayweather is scheduled to clash with Jake’s brother Logan sometime this year. The exhibition clash was initially scheduled for February 20 but the date was pushed back in an effort to wait until fans can pack arenas near full capacity. Mayweather has expressed interest in sharing the ring with Jake but the feeling isn’t mutual unless the bout is a professional matchup.
During an interview with TMZ Sports, Jake shared his theory on why Mayweather will only fight him in an exhibition match.
“I’m 2 and 0 with 2 KO’s with pro fights. If Floyd wants to do these exhibitions, ya know … cool! But, I’m a real fighter. He has to take me seriously and I think the reason he wants to do these exhibitions is because he’s afraid to risk his legacy of his 50 and 0 record in case he were to lose.
“But, I’m not doing the exhibition [expletive]. It doesn’t interest me. Those are like fake patty-cake fights.”
Paul is on tap to take on former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren in a pro boxing match on April 17. It’ll be Paul’s first bout against someone with combat sports experience. His other two bouts were against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson.
Mayweather had his last pro bout back in August 2017. He defeated former UFC “champ-champ” Conor McGregor to end his pro boxing record at a perfect 50-0. He did have an exhibition match in December 2018, stopping Tenshin Nasukawa via first-round TKO in Japan.