FLOYD MAYWEATHER’S legacy would NOT be tarnished if he suffered a shock loss against Logan Paul.
That’s the view of Money’s old sparring partner.
Despite the farcical skill and experience disparity, Mayweather will face the YouTuber in a ‘special exhibition fight’ in February.
He made more than £300million for beating UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, and another £7m for wiping out featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018.
And Mayweather’s latest money making scheme has been backed by Dmitriy Salita, who used to train with the 50-0 legend before now promoting.
Salita argues the American legend has earned the right to take part in whatever pay-per-view extravaganza he pleases to, just like legends of the past have.
And even an unthinkable defeat would not harm his historical reputation.
Salita told Marc Gatford via the MyBettingSites.co.uk : “If he loses to Logan Paul, it won’t impede his legacy.
“This is nothing new, Muhammad Ali fought a wrestler in Japan over 40 years ago. The sports world in general is changing.
“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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Paul, 25, has boxed as a pro just once before, losing to internet rival KSI, 27, by split-decision after having two points deducted.
But he will come into his own mission impossible armed with a FOUR STONE and six inch height advantage over Mayweather, 43.
Salita believes the physical advantage helps level the playing field in a fight which is more spectacle than competition.
He said: “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.
“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.”