For all the ways Logan Paul and his brother Jake have irritated the combat sports world since becoming professional fighters, the attention they’ve received is undeniable.
Following Jake Paul’s first-round knockout over retired UFC fighter Ben Askren that sold over 1 million pay-per-views, Logan Paul will attempt to make his own records when he clashes with Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout on June 6 on Showtime pay-per-view.
While Paul has only focused on boxing since deciding he wanted to test himself as a fighter, the 26-year-old YouTube celebrity actually was a standout athlete in high school in the state of Ohio. During his senior year at Westlake High, Paul placed fifth overall in the state while wrestling at 182 pounds after qualifying for the state tournament the previous year but failing to place.
The Buckeye State is well known for producing high level wrestlers so it’s no easy feat that Paul managed to earn a fifth-place finish in the final tournament of the year.
That’s why many believed Paul would be a natural fit for mixed martial arts versus his chosen sport of boxing. While it appears boxing remains his passion project for now, Paul promises that he will eventually crossover and test himself in an MMA fight or two before its all said and done.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Paul told Showtime Sports’ Mauro Ranallo when asked if he would ever take an MMA fight. “I actually think I’d probably be better at MMA because of my wrestling background. I will say it’s a tough sport. It’s harder than boxing. MMA fighters are legitimate, all around, 360-degree fighters. I’ve had some knee issues on both knees and it’s rough on the body.
“But I can’t not do at least one MMA fight before I die, at least one. If I win, I’d probably do another.”
Thanks to his outspoken nature and the following he’s built on social media, Paul has become a magnet for fighters calling him out, including a number of top fighters from the UFC and Bellator MMA.
It wasn’t that long ago that multi-time grappling champion and current Bellator prospect Dillon Danis was engaged in a war of words with the Paul brothers while attempting to put himself into position for that potential fight.
Nothing ever came to fruition, however, and Paul says in his mind there’s no chance Danis will never get the chance to face him or his brother.
“No rivalry. That was something in the past that was cute,” Paul said about Danis. “Dillon thought he could step up and box us. Jake put the offer on the table for Dillon and he didn’t take it so Jake knocked out Ben Askren instead.”
As much as MMA might be in the future, Paul is solely focused on his fight with Mayweather right now where he will step inside a boxing ring and take on arguably one of the greatest pugilists of the past 50 years.
Of course, Paul will have a significant size advantage but Mayweather more than trumps him on experience and skills.
That said, Paul knows it’s a fight and there are no guarantees once punches start being thrown.
“Anything can happen,” Paul said. “Mentally, I prepare for the best and I prepare for the worst. For those people telling me that it’s impossible, you’d be lying if you said there wasn’t a chance that I could beat him.
“So yeah, I think I’m going to go in there and decapitate him in the first round. If it doesn’t happen, we’ll go for the second and then the third, and the fourth, who knows it could go the distance but it’s going to be a f*cking show regardless.”