It’s the fight we’re pretty sure nobody asked for but Floyd Mayweather’s bout against Logan Paul has finally been given a go-ahead with the boxing great set to take on the YouTuber this summer. Here’s everything you need to know about this curious exhibition…
After the initial date of February 20 was scuppered, a new date has finally been agreed for Saturday, June 5. This will come as bad news for unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez who is scheduled to defend his titles against Australia’s George Kambosas on Triller the very same night.
Could this decision have been to take the shine off one of the sport’s current pound-for-pound stars and put the spotlight firmly back on Floyd? Almost certainly.
No location has been announced but the fight will reportedly take place in one of five venues across the United States: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas or Atlanta. It’s worth noting that Miami is the frontrunner for Lopez vs Kambosas on the same night.
The fight will consist of six three-minute rounds, the same distance as Paul’s only other professional fight so far, a split decision defeat to fellow YouTuber KSI in 2019.
The weight difference will perhaps provide the biggest obstacle, given Logan Paul is a cruiserweight and the highest division Mayweather campaigned in during his 50-0 career was at super-welterweight. A proposed 30-pound gap has been suggested, with limits of 160lbs for Mayweather and 190lbs for Paul.
How Do You Watch It?
There’s no word on a UK broadcaster for the fight just yet but US fight fans can catch the bout on Showtime pay-per-view. Lopez vs Kambosas meanwhile will be on Triller.
What They Say
Logan Paul: “They're a lot of people involved and you’ve only got one shot at it so you need to get it absolutely 1,000 percent right. We’re just making sure we’re doing that. But yeah, I’m still going to beat the s*** out of Floyd Mayweather. Or, maybe he’s going to beat the s*** out of me, who knows? The point is it’s still going to happen.”
Floyd Mayweather: “These YouTube girls better find some Barbie dolls to play with cause I’m not the one for the kid games.
“Three years ago a fighter from the UFC said my name and I had to put a muzzle on that bitch. Logan Paul can get the same treatment.