Logan Paul has drawn up a master plan ahead of his exhibition match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on June 6 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Showtime pay-per-view ($49.99).
“Exhibition my ass. This is an eight-round fight, three minutes each. 10-ounce gloves,” Paul said on Showtime’s “Inside Mayweather vs. Paul” show.
“I’m going to knock him out and become the greatest boxer on the planet. Then I’m going to retire and not give Floyd the rematch … He doesn’t know who he’s getting in the ring with. He really thinks I’m a YouTuber. He really thinks I’m a fake fighter. I get it. Everything that I’ve portrayed online says the same thing. But we’re really about this life now. Floyd underestimating me is going to hurt him, I think.
“If you think about it, this truly is one of the most special, historic events ever. You have one of the greatest boxers of our generation, fighting, uh, me.”
Mayweather and Paul’s promotional tour took an ugly turn when both camps got into a brawl during a kickoff press conference.
Punches and unpleasantries were hurled, and Mayweather even threatened to kill Jake Paul following the hat histrionics.
Paul said the people should not be surprised that the event has been surrounded by pomp and circumstance during the build-up.
“Both Floyd and I knew that this sh– was going to be a spectacle on June 6. I don’t think we realized that it was going to be a spectacle before June 6. Anytime there is an event with my brother, or myself involved, it’s going to go down, unfortunately … shoutout to my brother for selling the fight for me,” said Paul.
“Whether they want to watch me achieve the impossible or whether they want to see me get knocked the fuck out, it’s going to be a f—— show. It is a spectacle.”
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