Floyd Mayweather certainly has big plans for this year. The Pound for Pound great suggested this week that he expects to have four exhibition bouts before the end of 2021.
The first of which was due to be against YouTuber turned boxer Logan Paul on February 20. The 43-year-old was also set to face an unnamed opponent in Tokyo later in the same month.
Both of these have now been postponed, however. His clash against Paul has been put back for as yet unknown reasons.
Mayweather's scheduled bout in Japan is off because the country has closed its borders due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Money" recently took to his Instagram to call out Logan Paul, his brother Jake Paul and 50 Cent:
"This year I will focus on several exhibitions. I will have an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan again. Of course, the one with Logan Paul and I; and if Jake Paul can get past his next opponent Ben Askren, I will have an exhibition with him as well.
"I also heard that 50 Cent would fight me but claims I'm too small. If he wants to lace up at the end of the year, we can do an exhibition then. I don't care about weight class with any of these guys. The Paul brothers will make great money with the events, but with 50 Cent It has to be "Winner Take All".
In a separate Instagram post soon after, Mayweather singled out Jake Paul for criticism:
"I seen this post and my take on it is that the world knows Con Artist McLoser can steal everything from me and be loved but I'm hated. That just lets you all know that racism still exists. Just know, that bum will never be me or be on my level.
"I'm just built different, my mindset is on another planet, my skills are second to none, I'm a natural-born winner and yes I talk a lot of trash, but every time I back it up!
"This is what they hate. It's sad that you can be a poor black kid from the ghetto that has dealt with racism your whole life and work extremely hard to put yourself and your family in a better position, and most of the hate come from my own people.
"Connor cannot even win in his own sport, but talking about coming back to boxing to fight Pacquiao. Nobody wants to see that, it's like my leftovers eating leftovers."
With Mayweather infamously having a knack for spending money, it comes as no surprise that he is jumping on the bandwagon to chase these big paydays against celebrities.
You half have to admire this from the former five-weight world champion. He will know full well that none of these planned fights really put him in danger of losing his undefeated streak.
At the same time, he will be lining his pockets with millions of dollars, which is always positive in his eyes!
Boxing purists would obviously prefer him to stay out of the ring. This is so his legacy remains intact, which could come under threat should he continue to take exhibitions against non-boxers.
This is showing again the changing face of boxing and despite Mayweather being in his forties, he is still putting himself out to collect big fight purses that his name will inevitably demand.
Will these fights be entertaining? Probably not. But Mayweather will be all the richer for it, so he will not really care.