Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to face YouTube personality Logan Paul on June 6, and the question many people are asking is a simple one: Why?
The answer, as is generally the case, is likely money. Lance Pugmire of The Athletic reported the following:
"... Given that Jake Paul is saying he generated 1.5 million buys [in his fight vs. Ben Askren], is that this event—following all of the publicity it is about to receive by the former No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer and a social-media star—will spawn three million buys.
"'Floyd thinks this is a monster event,' an individual close to Mayweather told The Athletic on Tuesday night.
"That opinion isn't entirely shared by all involved, but Mayweather showed in his mouthy, entertaining multi-city press tour with [Conor] McGregor, he knows all the right things to say to stir up interest."
Yes, yes he does. And people will likely tune in to see him put his perfect 50-0 record on the line, especially against someone like Paul, who has never fought a true professional boxer.
What chance does Paul have? Mayweather is guessing a lot of people will pay Showtime good money to find out.