Jake Paul Says Floyd Mayweather Jr. 'Needs Me More Than I Need Him'

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 18, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Jake Paul poses for media during a press conference before his cruiserweight fight against Tyron Woodley at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on July 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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Jake Paul thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ducking him.   

The YouTuber-turned-boxer says he left Mayweather off his list of potential opponents because he doesn't feel Mayweather would engage him in an actual fight. 

“That’s a good question," Paul told Josh Peter of USA Today. “He, I think realized with fighting my brother, that we’re not to be messed with. He said he would only fight me if I cut down to 154 pounds, which is physically impossible. And he don’t want that smoke, man."

Mayweather fought Logan Paul in an exhibition in June. That fight was largely lambasted as a money grab by the 50-0 boxer and the YouTuber, with the latter being the far less accomplished boxer in his family.

Jake Paul is set for his fourth professional fight Aug. 28 against former UFC star Tyron Woodley. Mayweather has been training with Woodley ahead of the bout. 

“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen," Paul said of Mayweather. “But right now my focus is doing real, professional fights. I’m not trying to do any exhibitions. So if he wants to do a real pro fight at a real weight, I’m down. But I don’t want to do money fights with an old guy.  

“He needs me more than I need him."