“Undefeated” boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will fight Youtube star Logan Paul in a confirmed “super exhibition” boxing match on the 21st February 2021 on pay-per-view.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is a sporting and boxing legend, with 26 consecutive wins on his record, while Paul has amassed over 22 million subscribers on youtube. This is not Paul’s first public boxing match, as he also fought in an exhibition boxing match against YouTube rival KSI in 2019.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) December 6, 2020
While the pair have clear differences in their careers, there is also a significant age gap, as Logan Paul is 25 while Mayweather is 43. Paul is also slightly taller than Mayweather, with a height of 6.1 over 5.6.
Twitter has erupted at the news.
Due to Floyd’s boxing experience, many believe this contest has already been decided with the YouTube star having no chance of winning. On the topic of winning, his last professional fight didn’t end so well, as he lost in a split decision victory against KSI.
For those that seriously think Logan Paul has a chance against Floyd Mayweather…
In 2018, Mayweather fought 28-0 kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo.
Mayweather showed up 2 hours late, knocked him out in 3 minutes, made him cry, and took home $9 million. pic.twitter.com/v24nZMKi7p
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) December 7, 2020
Even betting chain store Paddy Power, gave their opinion.
For those asking, we are not taking bets on this at this time because it is an exhibition fight.
And because Floyd Mayweather is one of the best boxers of all time and Logan Paul is a YouTuber.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 7, 2020
While others claimed this exhibition match shows the flawed business model of the boxing industry.
Pricing for the planned Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Exhibition PPV starts at $25.99 and will jump to $59.99 Dec. 29. (There’s no chance it’s sells 1 million by Dec. 29 for the $39.99 to come into play.) Price will spike to $69.99 Feb. 11. #MayweatherPaul #boxing pic.twitter.com/D2tkH8zh1s
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) December 6, 2020
For some time now, many fans have debated the flaws in the boxing business model and the over-awarding of championship belts. Loyal watchers believe the fights which are being delivered to them are “money-driven”, with the real fights between contenders delayed.
While the official rules of this “super exhibition match” are still to be released, fans of both competitors patiently wait to witness what will be a huge event in sporting history.
Words: Bethan Adams | Subbing: Michael Patcha