Floyd Mayweather admits the fear of ending up with an illness like Muhammad Ali is why he will no longer face one of boxing’s best fighters but believes earning $100 million to take on Logan Paul is too easy for him to turn down.
Mayweather is considered one of the greatest boxers in the sport’s history and is a five-weight champion.
But the 44-year-old has not fought an established professional boxer since September 2015, when he beat Andre Berto by unanimous decision to retain his welterweight world titles.
Mayweather made it 49 wins without defeat that night and by beating UFC star Conor McGregor in the Irishman’s first professional bout two years later, he moved to 50-0.
The father of five made a reported $275 million (£198 million) against McGregor and he earned another £6.5 million for just 139 seconds’ of work on New Year’s Eve in 2018 when he defeated 20-year-old kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout in Japan.
Now, ‘Money’ has agreed to fight YouTube star Logan Paul on June 6 in an exhibition fight at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
Paul has only fought once before against another YouTuber KSI, with the Brit beating the American by split decision in 2018.
As a sporting contest, based on merit, it’s fair to consider the fight a farce. But Mayweather is open in admitting it is simply about the money, with the legendary boxer claiming he is set to earn $100 million (£72 million).
Speaking on the Million Dollaz Worth Of Game podcast , Mayweather said: “My health is my wealth. Listen, Muhammad Ali was great but I don’t want to be like that [having Parkinson’s Disease].
“The great thing about my career is that I quit when I wanted to quit and I was in control of my career. When fighters have to fight but they don’t want to, that is not a good feeling.
“When Ali was active and he could communicate, he could talk to people, he was trash talking, he was sh*t talking, everybody loved him. Well all of his people loved him. The other side hated him.
“But then when he could barely walk or talk, did everyone say he is great and they loved him? Nah, [that is] not me.
“So no money is worth my health. No amount of money. But I am still a smart businessman.
“Now we are talking about Logan Paul, a YouTuber, for $100 million? Give me that.”