Badou Jack isn’t the least bit concerned about Logan Paul’s size and youth advantages over Floyd Mayweather.
Jack, who is promoted by Mayweather’s company, can’t envision Paul pushing Mayweather in their exhibition June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Paul is 18 years younger than the 44-year-old Mayweather, stands seven inches taller than him and could out-weigh the undefeated legend by 30-plus pounds.
From Jack’s viewpoint, none of those differences will help Paul overcome the fact that he really has no business battling Mayweather, who is commonly considered the best boxer of his generation.
“Floyd doesn’t even weigh more than probably 150 at the most,” Jack told BoxingScene.com. “But there’s still levels in boxing, so I don’t think it’s gonna play a big role. I mean, he’s a bigger, younger guy, yeah, but he can’t really fight, so don’t worry about it.”
Paul is 0-1 in professional boxing matches. The YouTube star lost a six-round split decision to rival Olajide Olatunji, better known as “KSI,” in November 2019 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Mayweather won world titles in five divisions and retired with a 50-0 record, including 27 knockouts, following his 10th-round stoppage of UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Swedish-born, Las Vegas-based Jack (23-3-3, 13 KOs) is set to box Venezuela's Dervin Colina (15-0, 13 KOs) in a light heavyweight contest on the Mayweather-Paul undercard. Though Jack doesn’t think the Showtime Pay-Per-View main event will be competitive that night, the former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion appreciates the attention these types of exhibitions and social media stars have brought to boxing.
“It’s a new era of boxing,” Jack said. “It’s entertainment. All of the other champions – Tyson, Muhammad Ali, De La Hoya – everybody did exhibitions. So, why can’t Floyd do it and make a ton of money? So, I ain’t mad at him.”
Jack’s last fight, an eight-round, unanimous-decision victory versus overmatched Blake McKernan (13-1, 6 KOs), was part of the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. undercard November 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Mayweather-Paul undercard also will feature former NFL Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson, who will box Brian Maxwell in an exhibition.
“It brings more eyeballs to boxing,” Jack said. “People mix it up. Like yeah, some of these YouTubers, they’re really corny and stuff. But they bring more eyeballs to boxing and they’re showing the real fighters that social media and marketing is really important. So, real fighters shouldn’t be mad that they’re making so much money because they did a great job of promoting themselves outside of boxing.
“I don’t think Jake Paul is gonna fight a real fighter. He’ll keep making money fighting other celebrities. It’s not boxing. It’s YouTube boxing. But I heard even Evander Holyfield called him out. All of the boxers and all of the UFC fighters are calling him out, so I guess he’s doing something right, you know?”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.