YouTuber Logan Paul has struck a deal to battle former boxing megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a “special exhibition” match on February 20th. The bout shall be streamed as a pay-per-view on Fanmio.
Mayweather is an undefeated champion with a 50-Zero document, a number of world titles in 5 weight courses, and an Olympic bronze medal. Paul is finest identified 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.
Evidently, that is unlikely to be a pageant of evenly matched athletic prowess. However Mayweather just isn’t above signing as much as farcical contests for the spectacle and the payday. His 50th 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, profitable by TKO within the first spherical.
Mayweather referred to as out Logan Paul final month on Twitter, making his ideas on boxing YouTubers clear and saying he’s “not the one for the kid games.” Paul’s brother, Jake, responded to Mayweather’s feedback forward of his personal battle towards former NBA participant Nate Robinson, which he ended up profitable.
“You know, it doesn’t bother me,” Jake told The Daily Beast. “At the end of the day, he’s like 5-foot-4, so he’s actually the little kid here, and obviously he just wants attention. He’s fifty-something years old. He should be in retirement. So he just wants to get relevancy by talking about the YouTube kids, because we’re the ones popping off right now.”
(Mayweather is definitely 5-foot-Eight and 43 years previous. Additionally superb at boxing.)
The entire state of affairs is deeply foolish, which is little doubt 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 29th, then $69.99 from February 11th.