The upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul turned into even more of a circus Thursday when the professional boxer and his opponent’s brother nearly came to blows. The scene was so wild that much of the internet seemed to believe it was all staged.

Jake Paul, Logan Paul’s brother who has achieved success in the boxing ring, taunted Mayweather and then stole his hat at a media event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Mayweather quickly became incensed and had to be separated from Jake Paul as he screamed threats toward the YouTuber.

 

 

The whole thing seemed so over the top that it felt similar to a WWE event. Was the fight between Mayweather and Jake Paul staged to generate interest?

“I wish it was staged,” Logan Paul told TMZ. “That (expletive) is not funny. It's not fun for anyone.”

According to Logan Paul, the dust-up was all too real. Mayweather could be heard shouting that he would “kill” Jake, which didn’t sit right with the boxer’s upcoming opponent.

“That (expletive) just got personal by default,” Logan said. “It was supposed (to be) like a cute little press conference ...come together, get people excited for the fight. Not people talking about killing people!”

Whether the anger by Mayweather was genuine or not, it only increased the attention surrounding the fight. Mayweather and Logan Paul are set to square off in an exhibition bout on June 6 in Miami. 

 

 

 

Even though it’ll be a very one-sided exhibition fight, Mayweather-Paul should be one of the most popular pay-per-view events of 2021.

The recent boxing match between Jake Paul and MMA fighter Ben Askren sold over 1 million PPVs. When Mayweather last fought four years ago, his boxing match with UFC star Conor McGregor generated over 4 million PPV buys.

Mayweather is expected to get a massive payday for another easy victory, but this exhibition could pack a little extra punch following Thursday's fallout.

Floyd Mayweather says the lure of a lucrative payday drew him into next month's exhibition fight with Youtube personality Logan Paul Floyd Mayweather says the lure of a lucrative payday drew him into next month's exhibition fight with Youtube personality Logan Paul Photo: AFP / Eva Marie UZCATEGUI