Floyd Mayweather will take on YouTube star Logan Paul on February 20th in a bizarre exhibition match, but the boxing great’s sparring partner believes it won’t impact his legacy if he loses.
Mayweather hasn’t fought competitively since 2017, when he beat UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor in the Irishman’s professional boxing debut.
He beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of their exhibition bout in 2018, beating the 20-year-old via stoppage.
But now, he will once again return to the ring to take on YouTuber Paul, who himself lost his only professional fight to fellow YouTuber KSI last year.
Paul has a gigantic weight advantage of nearly 50lbs on Mayweather, and the result of the fight won’t go on either’s professional record.
But despite the astronomical gulf in class between the two, even considering ‘Money’ Mayweather’s age, his training partner Dmitriy Salita believes the legendary boxer’s legacy will be untouched either way the fight goes.
Salita, speaking to Marc Gatford via the MyBettingSites.co.uk blog, said: "Floyd deserves to do whatever he wants to do - it's not a boxing match, it's an exciting victory tour.
"Floyd is one of the greatest fighters of all time and this is a victory tour. Floyd deserves to do whatever he wants to do. This is entertainment, this is fun, I don’t think anyone is going to get hurt.
“It’s an exciting way for sports fans and Youtube fans to get a taste of boxing and pull in more people to the sport.
"The great thing about Floyd having trained with him for several years: Floyd always stays in shape and Paul seems like an athletic guy.
“There’s a significant weight difference, so it’s not a boxing match, it’s an exciting event. If he loses to Logan Paul, it won't impede his legacy.
"This is nothing new, Muhammad Ali fought a wrestler in Japan over 40 years ago. The sports world in general is changing. These types of matches don’t take away from the sport of boxing.
“Let's say he loses to Logan Paul, I don’t think that will impede his legacy.
"This to me is acceptable and exciting and I'm really interested. Logan has a platform to crossover boxing into places it hasn’t been before.
“It’s kind of like Mayweather-Mcgregor, a little different because Paul isn’t a combat guy, but it’s a similar out of the box concept."