Floyd Mayweather is back in action. No, the former five-division champion will not be taking part in an official boxing match on Sunday night, but the retired pound-for-pound king will take part in an exhibition bout. And he may have met his match in terms of marketing potential. Mayweather will take on YouTube and social media star Logan Paul in an eight-round contest from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Gardens, Florida, atop a four-fight card set to air live on Showtime PPV (8 p.m. ET).
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The YouTuber Paul is taking a major step up from his only previous experience in the ring against fellow social media star KSI, with whom he shared an amateur draw, before losing the tightly contested professional rematch via split decision. he may have the height, weight and reach advantage over Mayweather, as well as being 18 years younger than his illustrious opponent, but that is where the positives end for Paul. Mayweather is a former five-division world champion who retired in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record before coming back to the ring in 2017 to beat UFC star Conor McGregor and clinch his 50th professional victory.
Mayweather does have experience of an exhibition fight like this one, crushing kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa inside one round, which suggests he will not be taking it easy against Paul – especially after their highly fractious press conference in the build-up to the fight when the YouTuber’s brother, Jake Paul, stole Mayweather’s hat, much to the ire of the boxing legend who fumed at the “disrespect”.
As this is not an official professional bout the duo will be wearing lightened 10oz gloves, but that is unlikely to spare Paul from Mayweather’s punishment. However, Paul insists it is a complacent Mayweather – who has said he doesn’t need to train seriously for the fight – who will be punished. “I think you’re going to see Floyd’s eyes light up, the first time I hit him,” said Paul. Mayweather responded: “There’s a difference between YouTube boxing and elite boxing and elite fighters.”
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If you told boxing fans over a year ago that there would be a fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and a YouTuber, you would have probably been laughed at.
Welcome to 2021.
On Sunday, an 8-round exhibition fight between one of the best boxers of all-time and Logan Paul is scheduled to take place.
Watch Mayweather vs. Paul on Sling PPV
The Grand Rapids-native is 50-0 in his storied boxing career, with 27 of his wins coming by way of knockout. While he is still a formidable fighter, his last professional fight came when he defeated Conor McGregor all the way back in 2017. Many are wondering why Mayweather would accept a fight like this, given that his resume includes beating the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.
However, his opponent is not much of fighter himself. Paul in fact has only one fight to his record, a loss to fellow social media star KSI. The only advantage Paul has, if any, is a six-inch height advantage on Mayweather, and with that, a longer reach.
Also, Paul’s YouTube channel has 23.1 million subscribers, while Mayweather’s only has 195,000…I don’t know if that means anything for the fight itself, but at least social media activity will be wild on Sunday night.
MAYWEATHER VS. PAUL
When: Sunday, June 6
Where: Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Live stream: Sling PPV
MAIN CARD (8 p.m. ET)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul (8 rounds – Exhibition)
Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias (10 rounds – Middleweight)
Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colina (10 rounds – Light Heavyweight)
Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell (4-Round Exhibition – Cruiserweight)