Floyd Mayweather thinks Logan Paul doesn’t have a chance in the world to beat him on Sunday night. Maybe Paul doesn’t think so either, but he’s been talking a good game in the buildup of the Showtime PPV event, and some of the odds and predictions have reflected that.
Paul will probably weigh 30-40 pounds heavier than Mayweather, so perhaps if he lands a lucky punch, it’ll have enough force behind it to bother Mayweather. Conversely, maybe Mayweather’s punching power won’t have much of an effect on an opponent who’s so much bigger than him. That’s about really all Paul can hope for tonight.
“I’m going to fight my heart out,” Paul said. “That’s the beautiful thing about this sport. In almost any other business, experience is going to trump everything else. But this is a fight, and anything can happen.”
While that’s true, Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) is one of the best boxers of the past half-century. Even at the age of 44, even though his defensive wizardry and reflexes aren’t what they were in his prime, even though he probably didn’t train all that hard for this bout, Mayweather shouldn’t have any problem dominating Paul (0-1).
That’s just the reality. But the tantalizing possibility is why hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people will plunk down their money tonight and watch what happens.
“Why not fight Logan Paul?” Mayweather said. “He’s huge on YouTube. He has a huge following. Before I even knew about YouTube, I was huge in boxing. And when you bring his world with my world, man it’s going to be crazy.
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“I’m glad he’s got confidence. I’m glad he believes in himself. Last time I checked, all 50 fighters that I faced, they all said the same thing.”
While the bout is not sanctioned and there will be no official scoring, there’s a chance somebody can get knocked out anyway. And that’s probably what people will want to see.
The PPV begins at 8 p.m. ET, and I’ll be here all night, giving my round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul odds
Since the bout isn’t sanctioned or being scored by judges, there aren’t many sports books that are offering money lines. But there are prop bets, via SportsBetting.ag. A few of my favorites include: whether the fight will go the distance (-310 for no, +205 for yes), who will be the first to bleed (Paul is -600, Mayweather is +350); whether Logan Paul will be knocked down (-350 for yes, +225 for no), or whether younger brother Jake Paul will enter the ring during a round (+1000).
As for the undercard action, here’s what BetOnline.ag is offering:
Badou Jack (-2500) vs. Dervin Colina (+1000) Jarrett Hurd (-1000) vs. Luis Arias (+550)
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul purses
According to Mayweather, he could end up making $50-100 million to fight Paul. According to the Sun, Paul has confirmed that he could earn as much as $20 million for Sunday’s event.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul prediction
The reason Conor McGregor had success early in his fight with Mayweather in 2017 was, basically, because Mayweather let him. If Mayweather wanted to end the bout in the first few rounds, he could have done that. Instead, Mayweather carried him into the 10th round before knocking out the UFC star.
I suspect we’ll see some of the same in the first round or two tonight. Paul might have the tiniest bit of success, but by the third or fourth round, Mayweather will stop toying with his opponent and put an end to it. There will be no judges to score the contest, but there will be no need. That’s because Mayweather will make Paul quit.
MMA Junkie is on the scene and reporting live from tonight’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul boxing event. Mayweather and Paul face off in an eight-round exhibition bout in the main event of their pay-per-view card on Sunday night. The pay-per-view is set to start at 8 p.m. ET. Mayweather, undefeated multiple-time boxing world champion and arguably one of the best boxers of modern era, takes on Paul for the YouTube star’s first boxing bout since a 2019 loss to Olajide Williams Olatunji.
Mayweather will be giving up reach, height and weight for his clash against Paul. The 44-year-old former boxing world champion weighed in on Saturday at 155 pounds, while Logan registered 189.5 pounds on the scale.
Additionally on the card, Badou Jack (23-3-3) meets the undefeated Dervin Colina (15-0), Jarrett Hurd (24-1) takes on Luis Arias (18-2-1), and former NFL superstar Chad Johnson fights Brian Maxwell in a four-round exhibition bout.
Keep it locked here for fight results as they happen, as well as live behind-the-scenes updates from Hard Rock Stadium.