Floyd Mayweather ’emulating Muhammad Ali’ with Logan Paul bout on ‘victory tour’

Floyd Mayweather is emulating Muhammad Ali by taking on YouTube sensation Logan Paul in an exhibition bout.

That’s the verdict of Mayweather’s former sparring partner Dmitriy Salita, who believes ‘Money’ is not ruining his legacy by taking on Paul.

The two are set to meet next month with Mayweather returning to the ring for the first time since December 2018.

His last bout was an exhibition one against undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa with the 43-year-old’s last professional contest coming against UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017.

Though Salita believes Mayweather’s career path is similar to that of Ali with Mayweather having ended his pro career 50-0.

Salita told MyBettingSites : "Floyd is one of the greatest fighters of all time and this is a victory tour. Floyd deserves to do whatever he wants to do.

“This is entertainment, this is fun, I don’t think anyone is going to get hurt. It’s an exciting way for sports fans and Youtube fans to get a taste of boxing and pull in more people to the sport.

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"The great thing about Floyd having trained with him for several years: Floyd always stays in shape and Paul seems like an athletic guy.

“There’s a significant weight difference, so it’s not a boxing match, it’s an exciting event.

"This is nothing new, Muhammad Ali fought a wrestler in Japan over 40 years ago. The sports world in general is changing.

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“These types of matches don’t take away from the sport of boxing. Let's say he loses to Logan Paul, I don’t think that will impede his legacy.

"This to me is acceptable and exciting and I'm really interested. Logan has a platform to crossover boxing into places it hasn’t been before.

“It’s kind of like Mayweather-McGregor, a little different because Paul isn’t a combat guy, but it’s a similar out of the box concept."

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