Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul is a ‘circus show’ and YouTuber like Conor McGregor ‘sparks controversy,’ Thurman says
FLOYD MAYWEATHER’s confrontation with YouTuber Logan Paul has been called a “circus show”.
The former four-weight world champion is set to face the controversial social media star in an exhibition match later this year.
The pair, 44 and 25 respectively, were scheduled to face each other in February, but their reunion was postponed.
Mayweather’s latest exhibition bout was criticized by many in the boxing community, including former WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
He said World Boxing News: “They should do whatever they want because it’s not real boxing.
“It’s fighting, but it’s NOT boxing. It’s like a circus show.
“But, fight fans love to see fights, and they provide entertaining fights for fight fans.
“Boxing purists would back it whether they call it entertainment or not.”
Thurman, 32, is baffled by the popularity of YouTubers and their ability to break into the boxing world.
He added, “There’s a problem with the Matrix in that YouTubers have a huge fan base. These fans will follow them whatever they do.
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“So there will be a fan who will always go to see them no matter what they do.
“They’re just taking advantage of the world right now. I can’t blame them.
“It’s fun because one of the last fights ended in a knockout (Nate Robinson). And it’s about making headlines.
“It reminds me of Conor McGregor or wrestling. Reminds me of the ultimate warrior – nesting into a Slim Jim!
“Anyone is controversial, and right now there’s not a lot of entertainment, and they’re doing something different.
“A lot of people support him and appreciate him. Some fighters want them knocked out.
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“But we’ll see what happens when the YouTubers are ready to put themselves in a tough fight situation.”
Thurman has no qualms about Mayweather choosing to face the YouTubers when he retires, but insists his clash with Paul will not be an entertaining affair.
Once said, “Look, this is Floyd Mayweather. It won’t be entertaining as Floyd doesn’t bring entertainment to the ring.
“He brings money, status and fame. But it’s not entertainment.”