Jake Paul says he considers himself “an elite fighter” and has compared the start of his career to that of former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Paul, who has made a name for himself as a YouTuber, will play his third professional boxing bout on Saturday against Ben Askren, a former mixed martial arts fighter.
Askren has much more fighting pedigree than Paul’s previous opponents, fellow YouTuber Ali Eson Gib and former professional basketball player Nate Robinson.
“I see myself as an elite fighter right now,” said Paul. “A young prospect with a lot of motivation, a lot of hunger and I think people see me as [an] amateur.
“There’s kind of a big difference and there’s a big gap between where I actually am and what the general public will think, but I’m delighted again to show my ability again on Saturday, against Ben who is a world class. fighter. “
The 24-year-old then compared his career trajectory to that of Mayweather, who won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics before going on to go on to rack up a 50-0 record as a professional, becoming a champion in the world at five weights.
“I’m in my third pro fight, fighting eight rounds, headlining one of the biggest pay-per-views to come this decade,” said Paul.
“If you look at Floyd Mayweather, his third fight was six rounds, he got paid $ 7,000 and I don’t think anyone in this room probably watched him.”
‘McGregor is fighting closer than anyone thinks’
Mayweather’s last professional fight was against Conor McGregor, and Paul believes he will also have the opportunity to face the mixed martial arts star in a boxing ring.
McGregor continued a fight with Manny Pacquiao, but Paul believes he is much more likely to come face to face with the Irishman.
“I think we’re both on a road to each other,” Paul said. “You know he wants another boxing fight, he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao – he would be toast. He just keeps taking Ls (losses).
“I think beating me would not only be his fight for money, but it would technically be the easiest challenge, right?
“I think fighting Jake Paul would probably be easier than fighting Manny Pacquiao and that would be just as big, and I think we’re a lot closer to a Jake Paul-Conor McGregor fight than anyone thinks – I think it could happen in the next 24 months. “