As arguably the best active fighter in the world at present, pound-for-pound king Canelo has been one of the highest-profile critics of the recent trend of YouTubers, celebrities and other sport stars competing in professional boxing, citing the dangers involved in the lucrative bouts.
“Well, it’s just an exhibition. It’s about making money is all. It’s not really relevant at all, it’s just for making money. As you say, it’s stupid. I think the question [asking who wins] is offensive,” he said before Sunday’s clash in Miami.
“Mayweather, obviously. I have nothing against anyone. I’m not a fan of saying bad things, but they give them boxing licences when they’re not a boxer.
“They could get them killed. This is not a soccer game, they could get them killed.”
Canelo appeared suitably unimpressed during the bout that saw Mayweather - the only fighter ever to inflict a professional defeat upon Mexico’s four-weight world champion, back in 2013 - fail to secure a knockout or stoppage and instead be taken the distance by Logan Paul in only the latter’s second fight, leading to no winner being declared in the absence of any judges.
But his facepalming emoji on Twitter drew a fierce response from Logan’s younger brother and fellow YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, who made the bold claim that he would easily beat Canelo if the pair were ever to meet inside the ring.
“You can’t sell PPV’s,” he tweeted. “I would eat you alive.”
Jake Paul - who was present at ringside in Miami and claimed he thought Logan beat Mayweather, had the fight been scored - also took aim again at UFC superstar Conor McGregor with a follow-up tweet which read: “McGregor is ducking me.”
Jake Paul is currently 3-0 as a pro boxer after reeling off impressive wins against albeit questionable opposition in fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, ex-basketball player Nate Robinson and former MMA star Ben Askren.
He is due to return to the ring in August, when he will box former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.