Floyd Mayweather warned he is ‘tainting’ his legacy by accepting Logan Paul fight

Gareth A Davies has dismissed Floyd Mayweather’s return to the boxing ring against YouTube star Logan Paul and warned the American he is tarnishing his legacy.

The five-weight world champion has agreed to take on the YouTuber-turned-boxer in an exhibition bout at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami which will be shown on pay-per-view.

Floyd Mayweather will take on Logan Paul on June 6
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Mayweather, who has a 50-0 record, last fought professionally in August 2017 when he stopped UFC star Conor McGregor in the 10th round.

He also scored a first-round knockout over Japanese kickboxer and mixed martial artist Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Paul has only one fight on his record, which came via a split-decision loss to fellow YouTuber KSI in November 2019.

Commercially and financially, the bout makes plenty of sense for both men, but Davies has described the event as a ‘smash and grab’ which boxing fans will see through.

Logan and Jake Paul celebrate with their father, Gregory Allan
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“He may not land one punch,” Davies told Hawksbee and Rushden on talkSPORT.

“I thought the limit of acceptability and I did do a lot of work on it and it was an extraordinary event – was Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor.

“He had a kind of amateur boxing pedigree, who was a massive star in the world of UFC and mixed martial arts at the time and it was a cross over.

“But this is a smash and grab raid for me, in many ways. I won’t be staying up for it and I won’t be paying for it.”

Mayweather earned more than $1billion in his career and pocketed $275m alone against Conor McGregor
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Logan’s younger brother, Jake, has entered the boxing world himself and cannot stop making enemies in the world of combat sports.

Former UFC world champions Tyron Woodley and Daniel Cormier have exchanged cross words with the youngster, while Dana White is also irked at the YouTube star.

Despite Logan Paul’s insistence he wants to take his fighting career seriously, Davies believes Mayweather’s decision to fight against novice ‘boxers’ for lucrative sums is seriously damaging his reputation.

“Floyd Mayweather wasn’t defeated in 50 fights; we know what a professor he was,” Davies added.

The 44-year-old knocked out Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nakusawa in a 2018 exhibition
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“You look at his last couple of fights, I know this is being classed as an exhibition bout, but he fought Conor McGregor – who had an 0-0 record as a boxer.

“Now he is fighting Logan Paul, who has an 0-1 record. I was at his one boxing match against the British YouTube star KSI.

“I think Justin Bieber was just in front of me, jumping up and down, and I think this is what this is becoming at the minute.

“It’s becoming a music/entertainment/fight sports as a theatre, but it is nothing more than that.

“It is a very odd one that Floyd Mayweather has agreed to do and I do think it puts little dents in his legacy, if I am honest.”