Jake Paul Not Interested in Exhibitions With “Old Guy” Floyd Mayweather: “He Needs Me More Than I Need Him”

Published 08/19/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)


In 2021, boxing fans have witnessed rivalries between young guns and the veterans of the sport. But one such rivalry that shook everyone was the beef between the YouTube boxing star, Jake Paul, and boxing great, Floyd Mayweather.

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The rift between these two began a few months back when ‘The Problem Child’s elder brother, Logan Paul, was on the brink of facing ‘Pretty Boy’ in an exhibition.

Mayweather and Jake Paul entered a brawl at a press conference, and the feud between these two has only grown since then. The 24-year-old has taken wild verbal digs at ‘TBE’ and has challenged him to a pro-boxing bout several times.

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In his exclusive conversation with USA TODAY Sports, Paul again opened up on a potential bout with Mayweather.

He said, “He, I think realized with fighting my brother, that we’re not to be messed with. He said he would only fight me if I cut down to 154 pounds, which is physically impossible. And he don’t want that smoke, man.’’ 

“But right now my focus is doing real, professional fights. I’m not trying to do any exhibitions. So if he wants to do a real pro fight at a real weight, I’m down. But I don’t want to do money fights with an old guy.” 

“He needs me more than I need him.’’

Paul, who has been making steady statements in the professional boxing circuit, is only taking up fights that add to his professional resume. As Mayweather has no intention of boxing professionally, it seems unlikely that he will fight Paul.

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Jake Paul vs Floyd Mayweather – Will this fight ever come to life?

‘The Problem Child’ in his above interview clearly asserted that Mayweather wants him to cut an enormous amount of weight in order to fight him.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)

As Paul is a natural cruiserweight, it may be tough for him to cut down to super welterweight or middleweight. However, if ‘TBE’ decides to take on Paul in an exhibition without any weight alterations, then this fight might come to life.

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Given where the men are, it doesn’t seem likely at this point. However, it’ll be interesting to see what happens between this pair in the coming few months.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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