Floyd Mayweather Justifies His Return Against Logan Paul- ‘I Have Never Shied Away From Doing Things Differently’

Published 12/07/2020, 11:55 AM EST
BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 27: Fight promoter and retired professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring before the WBA super featherweight championship fight between Gervonta Davis and Ricardo Nunez at Royal Farms Arena on July 27, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather will be making his much-anticipated return to boxing, albeit under circumstances not many had envisioned. Despite being linked with rematches against the likes of Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather will return in an exhibition bout. His opponent? None other than YouTube star and elder brother of Jake Paul, Logan Paul.

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The match announcement came out of left-field and stunned the entire community of fans. While many have been wanting Floyd to return, they probably wanted a more legitimate return. But Floyd has a perfect 50-0 record as a boxer, no reason for him mess that up against Logan Paul.

Mayweather has addressed the return.

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Logan Paul’s thoughts on the matchup have also been released. “I am always searching for the ultimate challenge and it is a dream to go toe-to-toe with the greatest boxer alive,” said Paul. “I am ALL IN, and on February 20th, the world could witness the greatest upset in the history of sports.”

Logan will have the size advantage over Floyd, but the skills aren’t nearly comparable. One lost to a British YouTuber, and the other is possibly the greatest boxer of all time.

Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Can the unthinkable happen?

A matchup between these two would have qualified to be unthinkable 48 hours ago. However, here we are now and will see some fireworks go down in February 2021.

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Considering how the deck has been stacked in favor of the larger and younger Paul, can he actually upset the great Floyd Mayweather?

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 04: Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous-decision victory over Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The odds of that are slimmer than one would think. Floyd is a masterful boxer that can evade strikes from the greatest for 12 rounds if needed. Paul will have to catch Floyd with a big strike, so it is obvious why that will be a challenge.

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If Logan tries to outbox Floyd on a technical level, it will be an embarrassing night for him. However, Logan has genuine athletic ability and could very well capitalize on it. It will be an interesting matchup, no matter how bizarre this all seems right now.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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