Gary Russell Jr. is not a fan of Floyd Mayweather or his exhibition match with Logan Paul taking place this weekend.
Mayweather will compete once again when he faces the popular YouTuber in an eight-round exhibition match taking place Sunday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Much like Mayweather’s boxing fight with Conor McGregor, many view the upcoming matchup as a freak show with the result already well-known to regular combat sports watchers.
Nonetheless, the fight will gain huge mainstream appeal and take the spotlight from legitimate boxers.
That is why WBC featherweight champion Russell Jr. is not a fan of the matchup or Mayweather for that matter.
“I’m not a fan of Floyd Mayweather. I’m not a fan of Floyd Mayweather at all. I think [the fight] a mockery to the sport,” Russell Jr. told Fight Hype (via Boxing Scene). “It’s a lot of these fighters that put blood, sweat, and tears and their heart and soul into boxing to try and make something of themselves just for a YouTuber to come cut in line in front of them and possibly make more money than them.
“I can’t knock the hustle. I can’t knock the hustle. I’m a realist. As a fighter that participates in the sport, I personally don’t like it. I don’t think Floyd is at any risk. He’s a real fighter.
“[Paul] is a YouTuber. Granted, he can get lucky and hit Floyd and hurt him, but the odds of that sh– is crazy. I don’t even care about the weight division. It won’t matter. Floyd Mayweather is a skilled fighter, and he’s going to bring that stuff in the ring with someone that has nothing to do, knows nothing about boxing.”
Russell Jr. even believes with the current rate of exhibition matches featuring celebrities and non-boxers, someone could get seriously hurt one day.
“It waters the sport down,” Russell Jr. added. “They’re doing these exhibitions now, even with Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. I was all for that sh–, but then they said they can’t go for the knockout. I was like, ‘What the f—, this is boxing. This is a barbaric sport.’ I understand why a lot of fans don’t like it and disagree.
“Someone is going to get hurt, one of these YouTubers. The right people ain’t getting hurt. Somebody is going to get hurt, get knocked unconscious, or put in a coma because they got in the ring with a real fighter. They weren’t skilled, they signed a waiver to make a little money, and it’s going to come back to bite them in their a–.”
Do you agree with Russell Jr.?