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Opening Odds for Mayweather vs. Paul with Early Preview

| September 19, 2020 2:37 am PDT
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul

The opening odds for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul unsurprisingly favor the five-weight world champion against the YouTuber.

If you are yet to be convinced that life is a computer program and 2020 is a bug, this should help. I mean, this year has been bizarre for so many reasons, and it doesn’t look like things are set to slow down.

Although the “fight” has not yet been confirmed, initial rumblings suggest that “The Best Ever” could face Paul at some point in 2020.

Although Paul is technically a professional boxer on account of his cruiserweight tie with fellow-internet celebrity, KSI, a bout with Mayweather is unlikely to be anything but an exhibition. 

I’m still struggling to believe that this fight could happen. But 2020, right?

Let’s check out the odds for Mayweather vs. Paul fight before I get into what there is to know about this fight.

Early Mayweather vs. Paul Odds

Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Win-3500
Logan Paul to Win+900

Bovada has set Mayweather’s odds to beat Paul at -3500.

Perhaps the only surprise here is that Paul comes in at +900, which is +200 less than Conor McGregor opened at for his fight with Mayweather in 2017. Best not to tell Conor about that.

Whatever the reasoning, it seems like the oddsmakers are having a bit of fun with this one. The only logical factor for pricing Paul so low is that he has a size advantage over the unbeaten boxing legend, standing at 6’2″ to Mayweather’s 5’8″.

As crazy as this whole thing sounds, it appears that boxing is seeing its fair share of odd fights and controversial money grabs. For instance, Paul has fought another online personality in KSI, twice, and his brother, Jake, looks set to fight Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. later this year.

Why Mayweather vs. Paul?

Why would Floyd Mayweather have a boxing match against Logan Paul?

You could ask Conor McGregor, who was stopped by the former pound for pound number one in 2017. Or perhaps you might consult Tenshin Nasukawa, who Mayweather knocked out on New Year’s Eve, 2018, for his thoughts?

Neither man had competed in a pro boxing match before meeting the all-time great. They have that in common. But what McGregor and Nasukawa DO NOT have in common with Logan Paul is that they are elite martial artists. Paul, on the other hand, was beaten by a YouTuber.

So, what is the motivation for the man who calls himself “Money?” What could Mayweather — who is widely known for his extravagance, opulence, and the color green — possibly gain from fighting this prankster?

Yes, that’s right. Money. There is no other reason for the native of Grand Rapids to come out of retirement and lace them up again. But the same stands for Paul. I mean, why he put himself in this position? It’s obvious. They are coming for your pay-per-view buys, friends!

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the spectacle.

Can Logan Paul Beat Floyd Mayweather?

Sure, he can. Providing he enters the ring with a pack of ravenous wild dogs and a rocket launcher, he has a great chance of seeing Mayweather off.

But in a boxing match? He has about as much chance of teaching a garter snake to ride a unicycle. And that’s being generous to Paul.

Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of the past century. He is a ridiculously talented technician that has beaten some of the biggest names in the sport. If McGregor and Nasukawa couldn’t touch him — and both would maul Paul if matched up with him — Mayweather can pretty much do as he likes with the YouTube star.

There is no way an untrained fighter can hurt Mayweather in there. Not a chance. Defensively, he is levels above. Even at the age of 42, Mayweather won’t be touched by a single, significant shot.

Paul weighed in at 189.6 pounds against KSI last year. I imagine Mayweather will come in no higher than around junior middleweight (154). If the fight does happen, it cannot be sanctioned as a professional fight on that alone. Therefore, expect an exhibition with the size and weight difference touted by Mayweather as significant obstacles to overcome.

But he won’t lose. Not a chance.

Final Thoughts on Mayweather vs. Paul

Will Logan Paul fight Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition later this year? I’ll be honest — I wouldn’t write anything off, the way this year has turned out.

If this fight does happen, it’s going to have a lot of people tuning in. With that said, there will be even more looking for their sleeping tablets and a quiet, cozy place to hide until the madness blows over.

If you are betting on Mayweather vs. Paul, you can check in with the top betting sites for boxing for more odds. At the time of writing this, the moneyline odds are all that have been released. But things move fast in the world of novelty bouts, so keep your eyes peeled.

What are your thoughts on Mayweather and Paul fighting later this year? Let me know in the comments section, below!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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