Floyd Mayweather has been facing a lot of criticism by a section of the fans and pundits but the undefeated American star seems unaffected by what is being said. Notably, the prospect of Mayweather, the 44-year-old former welterweight world champion who retired with a record of 50-0, taking on a 26-year-old internet sensation Paul with just two bouts to his credit, has raised a few eyebrows in the sporting arena. Add to that the bizarre exhibition bout against Paul will have no judges and no official winner at the Miami Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.
Despite the criticism, promoters are expecting the pay-per-view sales in the two million range which would imply a lucrative payday for both the boxers. It should be noted that Jake Paul, Logan’s younger brother, reportedly brought in 1.3 million views and earned around $75 million for his fight in April against mixed martial artist Ben Askren and it so it is rational to imagine that those number would be trumped given the aura and following of Mayweather as well the social media popularity of Logan.
I am doing what I want to do: Mayweather
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I live for Floyd Mayweather and I choose what I want to do. If I want to go out, have some fun and make $50, $60, $70, $100 million, let me do it. I am not bothering anyone. I am not out robbing or killing. I am doing what I want to do,” he was quoted as saying in an AFP report.
“I retired but I didn’t retire from entertaining and making money,” he added.
The much-anticipated bout will begin at 5:30 am (IST) on June 6.