Floyd Mayweather ‘harmful’ to boxing as fans blame legend for YouTuber fights

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Floyd Mayweather Jr is being slammed for causing a wave of spoiled YouTuber kids to infiltrate professional boxing and damage the reputation of the sport.

'Money' called time on his top level career for the second time in 2015, after successfully defending his welterweight titles against Andre Berto to finish with a record of 49-0.

Keen to make that number a round 50 – and no doubt swayed by a massive money-making opportunity – he returned in 2017 for a one-off boxing bout with Conor McGregor.

The American won the fight with relative ease after allowing his inexperienced boxing opponent to tire himself before showing his class, and both fighters went home with a massive cheque to show for their efforts.

While it was an impressive spectacle, the fight showed everyone watching that a man like UFC star McGregor, with no previous professional boxing experience, could make millions from stepping into the ring.

And so this wave of YouTubers, who have a cult-like army of fierce followers, were emboldened into turning 'pro' and milking the cash cow.

These social media stars, such as Jake and Logan Paul, are able to masquerade as bona-fide fighters – all the while avoiding having to take on an opponent who actually has boxing experience.

Writing his column for World Boxing News, boxing reporter Phil Jay said: "[Mayweather and McGregor] convinced over four million fans to part with almost a hundred bucks for a fight that was one-sided in terms of pugilistic know-how.

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"Therefore, anyone with enough social media followers could capitalise on this whether they could box or not. If McGregor could get away with it, then anybody could.

"Mayweather knew this beforehand, but the savvy businessman he was also learned that people would buy it regardless.

"Enter YouTubers who hold a similar mindset for their followers. They know whatever they do, their fans will watch and pay for the privilege."

It works because so many people shell out for PPVs to watch them lose – just like so many did when Mayweather was fighting, though those who did never got their wish when it came to 'The Best Ever'.

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Jay's views have been echoed by former middleweight contender Tureano Johnson, who explicitly blames Mayweather for the "freak show" which led to a "circus act" from Jake Paul.

"Far from the truth. Jealousy! Like Floyd, who conned the fans with his last few fights," Johnson said about YouTubers entering the ring.

"Beginning with Manny [Pacquiao] that took place five years too late, along with a broken Berto.

"The integrity of boxing is now again at risk, from Floyd’s freak show to [Jake] Paul’s circus act."

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