Fresh off one “boxing” farce that may have netted him $100 million or more, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is rushing back into the ring ahead of another. This time, however, he may prevent a fellow athlete from blowing what’s left of his career.
Mayweather has agreed to help Tyron Woodley get up to speed with his boxing skills for a fight less than three months away against Jake Paul, another of those YouTube celebrities turning the sweet science into an irritation for genuine fight fans.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. managed to keep Logan Paul upright for eight rounds
Logan Paul possessed height, weight, and reach advantages over Mayweather on Sunday in their eight-round boxing exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. What he didn’t possess was the ability to land meaningful punches against a world champion with a 50-0 record in real bouts against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather was never in danger and more or less carried Paul the entire way. Under the agreed-upon rules, there were no judges to render a decision after the final bell, but Mayweather would have been the clear winner.
The Paul brothers are to real boxing what the Cleveland Browns are to Super Bowls; there is no history there. However, they’ve signed up for fights calculated to bring in more money via pay-per-view than they could dream of making through their YouTube channels.
It’s not like Mayweather didn’t also cash in. His cut from Sunday’s bout is reported to be somewhere between $50 million and $100 million.
Mayweather will train Woodley for his fight vs. Jake Paul
Just days before Mayweather and Logan Paul fought in Florida, Jake Paul announced that he has lined up an Aug. 28 fight against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
With three fights behind him already, Jake Paul is the more experienced and accomplished fighter – the bar is pretty low on both counts – of the Paul brothers. Woodley is an experienced mixed martial arts fighter, but he has never boxed as a pro. He definitely does not want to follow the path of Ben Askren, the MMA competitor that Jake Paul knocked out less than two minutes into their fight in April.
To that end, Woodley has enlisted Mayweather’s help. Speaking to FightHype.com before Mayweather’s weekend bout, Woodley said he had accepted the retired champion’s offer to train him. The plan is for Woodley to travel to Las Vegas and spar in Mayweather’s gym.
“They just texted me, ‘Let’s do it,’” Woodley said. “I just talked to him today.”
Aug. 28 is far off, and Woodley could have found other boxers willing to help. But why settle for anything less than the best?
“For sure, why would I not train with the greatest boxer of all-time?” he asked. “He’s already my dog. We’ve been talking about training anyways. So, for sure, I’m definitely going to take him up on that.”
Woodley is taking a chance by trying boxing
Woodley came over to the UFC from Strikeforce in late 2012 after losing his first welterweight championship fight. It didn’t take him long to work his way up the UFC ranks, and Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler in the first round in July 2016 to capture the largest MMA outfit’s welterweight crown.
His reign lasted four fights before Kamaru Usman won by unanimous decision at UFC 235 in March 2019. Woodley has fought three times since but lost to Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington, and Vicente Luque to drop his career record to 19-7-1.
UFC czar Dana White has not signed Woodley to a new contract. The market for 39-year-old fighters isn’t great to begin with, and White despises Jake Paul, who has mocked the organization and some of its top competitors.
Losing to Paul would end whatever slim chance that Woodley had at one more stint with the UFC. On the other hand, laying out Paul would undoubtedly put him in White’s good graces and perhaps set Woodley up for a winnable fight or two as a parting gift.
That’s why Mayweather’s offer to help could be so valuable in potentially extending Woodley’s career.