Editor’s note: This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com.
After Mayweather criticized Paul (5-0) for his level of competition, the YouTube star has called him out. Paul fired back at Mayweather for continuously taking part in boxing exhibition bouts. Most recently, he knocked out Mikuru Asakura in the second round in the Super RIZIN headliner in Saitama, Japan, on Sunday.
“All right, ladies and gentlemen, picture this: It’s 2022. Floyd Mayweather is ruining his legacy fighting no-name guys, wasting his fans’ money, wasting his fans’ time,” Paul said on social media. “He doesn’t even know the names of the guys he’s fighting, and then he chooses to fight Comedy Shorts Gamer, influencer, to make some money to pay his tax bills. Floyd Mayweather telling Jake Paul that you will only fight Jake Paul if he comes down to his weight, 140 pounds or something. I can’t believe what’s going on in the world. I can’t believe this is real.”
Mayweather recently defeated Paul’s older brother Logan in an exhibition bout and said he’d be willing to face “The Problem Child” in a real fight, but at his natural weight.
But Paul thinks they can reach a middle ground.
“Floyd, I will fight you, and you know that’s one of the biggest fights to make in boxing,” Paul added. “I weigh 175, you weigh 165. We can get that done, make a couple $100 million. But what will your excuse be? You didn’t care what my brother weighed, so why do you care what I weigh? Oh, because you know – you know what’s going to happen. I want to say, ‘I’ve got your 0.’ I don’t want to just say, ‘I’ve got your hat.’ I got your 0.
“But you’re going to find a way to dance around this. You’ve said, ‘Oh, once he fights a professional fighter, he’s going to get destroyed. It’ll be bad for him.’ Why not let that be you – the best ever? There’s only one Mayweather, but he’s scared to fight Jake Paul. It’s 2022. I can’t believe what the f*ck’s going on, guys. Goddammit.”
Paul will take on his sternest test to date in his next bout Oct. 29. He meets former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva, who defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in his return to boxing.