World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has no problem with the recently announced exhibition clash between former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather and Youtube star Logan Paul.
Mayweather, 43-years-old, retired back in August of 2017, with his unbeaten 50-0 record, after stopping UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the tenth round at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Paul, 25-years-old, is extremely popular on social media, but he’s severely lacking boxing experience in comparison to Mayweather, who many regarded as the best boxer of this generation.
Their contest, financially backed by Fanmio Boxing, is taking place on February 20th on pay-per-view.
Mayweather unretired in December 2018, when he traveled to Japan and demolished kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of an exhibition.
Paul, who outweighs Mayweather by at least 50-pounds, made his professional boxing debut in the fall of 2019, when he lost a six round split decision to Youtube rival KSI.
Since the announcement of the February fight, widespread criticism has erupted in the sport.
But, Sulaiman views the contest as a positive for boxing.
“This is going to be something good for boxing. This is going to bring millions of eyes to our sport. I appreciate Logan and Jake [Paul], they have worked hard. I will support Floyd vs Logan 100 percent,” Sulaiman told The Sun.
Sulaiman’s position is not surprising, with his organization backing last month’s pay-per-view exhibition between retired former champion Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Mayweather reportedly made $9 million for the contest with Nasukawa. He expects to make a lot more for the bout with Paul.
“This is going to be a great night for the fans worldwide as we are bringing something special to them through sports and entertainment. I have never shied away from doing things differently throughout my career and fighting Logan Paul in this special exhibition is just another opportunity for me to do it again,” Mayweather said.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV