‘You’re Supposed to Be a Legend’: Floyd Mayweather Criticized for Watering Down Boxing

Published 01/23/2022, 7:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as he takes on Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)

Exhibition/celebrity fights have changed the boxing space forever. A few years back, no one expected this trend to turn into a revolution. Not only that, but many boxing icons and retired stars remained in sync with exhibition fights. In that list, the GOAT Floyd Mayweather ranks at the top for obvious reasons.

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Signing off from pro-boxing in 2017, Mayweather keeps himself active with exhibition fights. And last year, he ended up squaring off with YouTuber turned boxer, Logan Paul.

Citing that, Gary Russell Jr. recently went after ‘TBE’ for his performance in this fight.

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Speaking to Brian Custer, he added, “I was just pissed that Floyd made the fight look f**king competitive. He’s not a fighter. You’re supposed to be a legend in the sport of boxing, granted.”

“You are up in age. You know I get that, you know. And you’ve never been a knockout puncher type of guy. But beat his a**. You know I’m saying, please make it clear that he doesn’t belong in this s**t.”

Mayweather was expected to vanquish Logan Paul in just two or three rounds of the fight. However, Paul turned out to be a competitive opponent for the ‘Pretty Boy’. Also, ‘The Maverick’s lanky physique proved to be a turning point in the fight as Mayweather faced difficulties in reaching his chin.

In all, the fight surprisingly went the distance, and Logan Paul ended up with a commendable draw in the fight. With that, Mayweather was on the receiving end of a huge backlash coming from fans and purists of the sport.

Floyd Mayweather is on the brink of another exhibition

Floyd Mayweather is expected to take up the ring space yet again on February 20.

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Jun 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on after the face off with YouTube star Logan Paul at Villa Casa Casuarina. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Also, his rumored opponent is Money Kicks, a 20-year-old YouTuber from Dubai. This contest is expected to materialize at one of the most pristine locations in the world, i.e. atop the Burj Al Arab in the UAE.

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For now, the contest isn’t official as yet. But we expect news about the same in a few days from now.

What do you make of Gary Russell Jr.’s above comments?

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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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