YouTube sensation Jake Paul has backed himself to become a billionaire from boxing and surpass Floyd Mayweather’s earnings from the sport.
Mayweather, one of the most successful boxers of all time, will face Logan, the elder of the two Paul brothers, on June 6 in Miami in an exhibition bout.
The 50-0 superstar, nicknamed ‘Money’, has made a reputation for gloating about his worth following his brilliant success in the ring and has frequently said he has earned more than one billion dollars from the sport.
Paul, meanwhile, is one of the most controversial figures in fight sports after moving to 3-0 after demolishing Ben Askren in April.
The outspoken YouTube star believes he will ‘easily’ emulate Mayweather and become the next billionaire from boxing.
Only five men in history have achieved billionaire status from sport: Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.
“I do think I can hit the $1billion prizefighter mark, easily”, Paul told The Sun.
“All I’ve got to do is keep on winning – and I will keep on winning – and we’ll see.
“I think it’s very possible and that’s why I say there is no limit to where this can go. I have the ace up my sleeve. The ace up my sleeve is that I can actually fight.”
Paul engaged in another war of words with the Fury family this week.
Some of the Fury clan, including Tommy and Tyson, as well as NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal called out Paul from Miami in a bizarre video.
And the American responded by labelling the Fury family as ‘desperate’ before attacking the calibre of opponents Tommy has fought in his five pro bouts, claiming he’s fighting on a much higher level than the Gypsy King’s brother.
“The desperation is seeping through the pores of the Fury family. It’s quite embarrassing,” Paul said.
“The heavyweight champion of the world is on Instagram talking about Jake Paul begging me to fight his brother!
“Listen Tommy, focus on your fight in a couple of weeks that no one even knows about by the way, this clip will be the biggest promotion for your entire f****** fight.
“You’re literally picking someone to fight you in three weeks who hasn’t even been training. You don’t even have an opponent who’s been through a real camp.
“Fight someone real, do a real pay-per-view and then maybe we can chat. The last guy you fought was 0-9. The people you fought in total have a combined record of 15 wins and 250 losses…”