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Former WBC World Champion Believes Logan Paul Is A Bigger Threat To Floyd Mayweather Than Conor McGregor

Former WBC World Champion Believes Logan Paul Is A Bigger Threat To Floyd Mayweather Than Conor McGregor

Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz "strongly believes" Logan Paul has the capacity cause problems for Floyd Mayweather inside the ring.

The two are set to face off in a "super exhibition bout" live on pay-per-view on 20 February, with the undefeated Mayweather the overwhelming favourite.

Paul is 0-1 in professional boxing, having lost his debut against YouTuber rival KSI via split decision at the Staples Center in November 2019.

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However, Ortiz, who was knocked out by Mayweather back in 2011, has seen Paul brutally knock out sparring partners and reckons the 25-year-old, with his size and weight advantage, has the tools to make it an interesting fight.

In fact, he reckons Paul is much better equipped than Conor McGregor, who lost out to Mayweather in their 2017 superfight.

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Image: PA

"Conor couldn't do nothing, Ortiz told MMA Fighting, via Boxing Scene.

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"I don't mean to speak bad. Conor's a heck of a UFC fighter in the octagon, but he has no business in a ring, as opposed to someone like Logan - Logan learned in a ring. So his stuff is all standup.

"I know what I know, and I know what I see.

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"What I'm saying, in a sense, is that he will give Floyd trouble. I'm telling you, it's going to be an interesting fight. I've talked to him about Floyd a few times. ... I give him the simple things: 'Floyd is Floyd, but you're unstoppable. You're on another level.' I strongly believe Floyd will have trouble. Logan can box, and he has power, reach speed, and he can move now.

"[Mayweather] found a YouTuber - that sounds easy enough for a 20-time world champion. Alright, let's beat him up. But what I've been watching and seeing is a YouTuber gone professional boxer who puts in hours and hours of work studying films. He's very disciplined, and he's working his butt off, and he listens.

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"He has a heck of a coach [in Milton Lacroix] who's very knowledgeable and very experienced. I believe it's a dangerous combo. From what I see at the gym, I can honestly say Logan can probably hit harder than [Mayweather]. Now, who's more accurate? We'll see Feb. 20."

Mayweather, who last fought Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve 2018 in a dominant exhibition fight win in Tokyo, is said to be taking the fight with Paul "very seriously" according to Solomon Engel, the founder and CEO of Fanmio, the company who are promoting the event.

However, one man who already claims to know how the fight is going to play out is heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson.

The 54-year-old, who has just come off an impressive comeback display against Roy Jones Jr last month, gave his honest prediction right in front of Paul on his 'imPaulsive' podcast.

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"Floyd's gonna beat his f**kin' a**," he said when asked by co-host Mike Maljak.

"But it's gonna be good!" It's gonna be good, he's gonna fight back though!"

Topics: Logan Paul, Boxing News, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather

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