Jake Paul Compares Ben Askren Bout With Floyd Mayweather’s Third Pro Fight: ‘He Got Paid $7000’

Published 04/16/2021, 1:36 PM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Jake Paul has never hesitated to compare himself with elite professional fighters and despite being 2-0 in the sport, he has already taken shots at several World Champion caliber boxers.

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He is scheduled to meet former UFC star Ben Askren in an 8 round cruiserweight battle on April 17th in what is seemingly a highly lucrative headliner.

That said, he no longer classifies himself as a YouTube boxer. Although he began life as a social media superstar, the 24-year-old is a self proclaimed elite boxer now. Ahead of his fight with Askren, he connected with SkySports and opened up about his career.

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“I see myself as an elite fighter right now. A young prospect with a lot of motivation, a lot of hunger and I think people see me as [an] amateur,” said Jake Paul.

Moreover, he has further compared his nearing bout with Askren to Floyd Mayweather’s third professional fight to boast of his superiority. A young ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather fought Jerry Cooper in a 6-round featherweight clash in 1997 at Vegas.

Although Mayweather recorded the win with a sensational knockout in the 1st round, Paul still found a reason to belittle the event.

Putting forth a comparison, ‘The Problem Child’ said, “I’m in my third pro fight, I’m fighting 8 rounds, headlining one of the biggest pay-per-views that could happen this decade.”

He added, “If you look at Floyd Mayweather, his third fight was 6 rounds, he got paid $7,000 and I don’t think anyone in this room probably watched it.”

Meanwhile, ‘The Problem Child’ might face Mayweather and bring the comparison into the ring. There are several talks ongoing about Mayweather’s return, and Paul could very well benefit from that.

Jake Paul vs Floyd Mayweather

A few months ago, Mayweather announced his in-ring return against Jake Paul’s brother Logan Paul. He advertised the fight to happen on February 20th at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

Moreover, the unbeaten boxer also touted several pending exhibition matchups, including a fight against Jake Paul.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

However, Mayweather’s fight with Logan Paul is still up in the air with no official fight date. Hence, it needs to materialize first, before we see Jake Paul dive into the mix.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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