YouTuber Logan Paul has struck a deal to combat former boxing megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a “particular exhibition” match on February twentieth. The bout will probably be streamed as a pay-per-view on Fanmio.
Mayweather is an undefeated champion with a 50-0 report, a number of world titles in 5 weight courses, and an Olympic bronze medal. Paul is finest recognized for his controversial YouTube video the place he filmed a dead body in a Japanese forest. He has fought in a single sanctioned boxing match: a loss to fellow YouTuber KSI.
For sure, that is unlikely to be a pageant of evenly matched athletic prowess. However Mayweather is just not above signing as much as exhibitions for the spectacle and the payday. His fiftieth official win concerned him popping out of retirement in 2017 to face UFC star Conor McGregor, who had by no means professionally boxed earlier than. The next yr he fought kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a extensively panned exhibition match, successful by TKO within the first spherical.
Mayweather known as out Logan Paul final month on Twitter, making his ideas on boxing YouTubers clear and saying he’s “not the one for the child video games.” Paul’s brother, Jake, responded to Mayweather’s feedback forward of his personal match towards former NBA participant Nate Robinson, which he ended up successful.
“You recognize, it doesn’t hassle me,” Jake told The Daily Beast. “On the finish of the day, he’s like 5-foot-4, so he’s truly the little child right here, and clearly he simply needs consideration. He’s fifty-something years previous. He ought to be in retirement. So he simply needs to get relevancy by speaking in regards to the YouTube youngsters, as a result of we’re those popping off proper now.”
(Mayweather is definitely 5-foot-8 and 43 years previous. Additionally excellent at boxing.)
The entire scenario is deeply foolish, which is little question why organizers anticipate lots of people to tune in. The “early pricing” of $24.99 solely applies to the primary million PPV gross sales, with the worth rising to $39.99, then $59.99 on December twenty ninth, then $69.99 from February eleventh.