Floyd “Money” Mayweather had announced he would be taking on the YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition bout scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2021. The date could be changed, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic.
This bout was announced just after the Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr. November fight. The venue for the fight, however, is yet to be made public and will be revealed at a much closer date to the bout. Going by the Pay-Per-View success of the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fight, the same outlet is to be exploited in this fight between Floyd and Logan. The fight will be on Pay-Per-View exclusive to Fanmio Boxing.
As expected by all, Floyd is the clear favorite on every sportsbook to win this bout, with opening odds pegging him at -5,000 and Logan at +1,500. The undercard for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight will be revealed in the near future.
Floyd Mayweather, to Concede His First Loss?
Floyd, who retired from professional boxing after defeating the MMA fighter Conor McGregor through a TKO in 2017, took to his Instagram page to announce that the fight is official. Floyd is undefeated in 50 professional bouts, with 27 of them ending in a knockout. Although he is in retirement, it would be difficult to imagine him conceding his first loss to a social media sensation, and as such, he is by a far margin the favorite to win this fight.
Floyd has come under some criticism, more often than not, on his technique of utilizing his speed to dodge opponents’ punches, thereby tiring them out and then scoring easy points. However, his perfect record can not be disputed, except, of course, he loses to Logan Paul.
The announcement of the fight came as a surprise as many wondered why the undefeated champion would risk his legacy to take on a YouTube star. One can only link his willingness to fight Logan Paul to monetary benefits, as we had seen Mayweather return from retirement in 2018 to take on kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on a New York’s Eve exhibition, which made him nearly $10 million.
Worthy Content for Logan Paul’s 22 Million YouTube Subscribers
Logan Paul is somewhat of an unknown sports entity, but on the social media space, he can be perceived as a demi-god. Logan is an American Youtuber and Internet personality, with over 22.6 million YouTube subscribers and 18.7 million followers on Instagram.
Logan was an online spectacle in December 2017, when he uploaded footage that was later dubbed as “suicide forest” in Japan. The video content was that of a man who hung himself. The video caused a major uproar in the social media space, and since then, Logan has been able to turn that attention into a successful and profitable career.
The 25 years old has a professional fight in his catalog, as he had taken on fellow YouTuber KSI on a bout held last November at the Staples Center. Logan, however, lost to KSI by a split decision in a 6 round fight.
With his large following on social media, it is a no brainer why this exhibition match was made. Who else would one rather feature on a Pay-Per-View bout, other than one with a massive online following? Followers who would go out of their way to purchase online tickets to watch the fight. It’s a win-win for everybody, including the organizers.