Logan Paul Reveals He Turned Down Fight With Manny Pacquiao Following Floyd Mayweather Exhibition

After his exhibition bout with Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, Logan Paul turned down the possibility of facing another boxing icon in Manny Pacquiao

Logan Paul
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Logan Paul revealed that he had turned down a fight with Manny Pacquiao following his exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather.

Logan Paul is yet to return to the boxing ring since fighting ‘Money’ Mayweather to a time-limit draw in the summer of 2021, but the YouTuber-turned-professional boxer has kept busy. Since then, Paul has signed with WWE following a successful appearance at Wrestlemania 38 that saw the social media star team up with The Miz to take on Rey and Dominick Mysterio in a tag team match. Paul will take center stage once again on November 5th as he faces Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. 

Logan Paul also revealed that he plans to be back in the boxing ring this January, taking part in the same card that will feature fellow social media star turned boxer Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji, better known by fans as KSI. With no opponent announced, Marcos Villegas with Fight Hub TV jokingly suggested Manny Pacquiao as a potential opponent. That’s when Paul revealed that a bout with Pacquiao was once on the table, but the WWE Superstar turned down the opportunity. 

“What boxer can sell like that?” Paul asked reporter Marcos Villegas after he suggested Pacquiao. “It was on the table,” Paul replied. “On the table, like, ‘do you want this fight?’ I said ‘no’, because I will not be the guy that just fights retired boxers, I did that once, now I’m going to fight a wrestler in his prime, let’s see what happens.”

Logan Paul Impressed with Manny Pacquiao Following Their Meeting at Wild Card Gym

Logan Paul met with Pacquiao at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles shortly after his exhibition with Floyd Mayweather. At the time, Pacquiao was in the middle of a training camp for a bout with Errol Spence Jr. In the end, Yordenis Ugas replaced Spence in the contest. 

“He’s looking sharp,” Paul said of Pacquiao following their meeting. “Someone made a comment when we were watching, they said ‘man, imagine Manny in his prime’. I said ‘he does look like he’s in his prime, he looks sharp… He doesn’t look 42.”

Speaking to the Betway Insider US blog, Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach talked about working with Logan Paul during his visit to the gym.

“We had fun with Logan when he visited. He seems like a good guy. After watching Manny work out, he said he was glad he fought Floyd instead of Manny, we liked hearing that! I thought Logan did well against Floyd.”

Published on September 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm
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