We’re not even through with 2020 yet, but 2021 is already off to a peculiar start.
It’s official, multiple-division former boxing world champion and Pound-for-Pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet YouTube superstar Logan Paul in a “super exhibition” match early next year. The fight is scheduled for February 20, according to Mayweather’s Instagram post, so mark your calendars.
Not surprisingly, fans are divided.
There are many who are absolutely appalled by the shocking announcement. If you consider yourself a true boxing fan, you certainly should be. It’s just unfathomable to believe Paul has any business whatsoever being in the ring with a legend.
And then there are those who actually welcome the spectacle and are drawn to it.
Regardless of which camp you currently find yourself in, this fight is happening, and no one can stop it.
The fight will be available on Pay-Per-View for US$24.99 for the first million purchases, increasing to US$39.99 for every purchase after. On December 29, the price will jump to US$59.99, and then to US$69.99 on February 11. Needless to say, if you know you want to see this fight, buy it early, or you may regret it.
Conversely, and while you may not be happy with this fight going down, we’re confident you’re at least a little bit intrigued. We’ve broken down this fight announcement and delved deep into the possibilities that could take place once both men face each other in the ring.
Want an idea of what could transpire this coming February? Here’s what happens when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. fights Logan Paul.
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How exactly did we end up here?
There’s no denying Mayweather’s greatness in the ring. He has arguably been the most popular fighter in the world over the past decade. Without a doubt, he’s the richest boxer in history, bar none, amassing a billion-dollar fortune across 50 professional boxing matches without a single loss.
His last fight against UFC superstar Conor McGregor generated an estimated US$550 million in revenue, according to Forbes. Mayweather took home a huge chunk of the overall sum, banking over US$275 million.
On the other hand, Paul can be described as a YouTuber, internet personality, and part-time actor. He’s hands down one of the world’s most polarizing figures on the internet.
Paul got his start on the now-defunct social media platform, Vine, posting short comedic sketches. He then went on to officially start his YouTube career in 2013. Today, he has over 22 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform, with more than 4.8 billion video views.
Mayweather currently has 24.3+ million followers on Instagram, while Paul boasts of 18.6+ million. Needless to say, both men have their own unique following.
Paul was athletic growing up as a teenager. He played High School football as a linebacker for Westlake High School, and also qualified for the state-level Ohio High School Athletic Association 2013 Division I Wrestling Individual Championships.
Apparently, Mayweather’s not going into the ring with a complete novice, as many would like to think. Nevertheless, the disparity in skill is as wide as the largest ocean.
Why Mayweather took this fight
At the age of 43, Mayweather’s best days in the boxing ring are behind him, and no one knows it more than he does. He has repeatedly said in various media interviews that he was done competing at the highest levels of the sport, and wants nothing more to do with all that it entails, despite the clamor for him to return to face the Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao’s of the world.
Mayweather, however, is open to exhibition bouts that involve him making easy money on obvious mismatches. In December of 2018, Mayweather faced Japanese superstar Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition with special rules. He made a cool US$9 million for knocking out Nasukawa in the first round.
He stands to make even more in the Paul fight.
Why Paul took this fight
After making it big on YouTube, Paul used his fame to enter the boxing ring. He’s already fought in two professional bouts, against fellow YouTuber Olajide “KSI” Olatunji. Paul drew with KSI in their first meeting, and lost a decision in the rematch.
His younger brother, Jake Paul, has also dipped his hand into the world of boxing. Unlike Logan, however, Jake is 2-0 with 2 KOs. Jake knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson on the recent Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones exhibition bout.
It’s absolutely ridiculous to think Paul would be able to do anything at all against Mayweather in the ring, despite having a little bit of experience under his belt.
Three likely scenarios — how this fight plays out
Number one, and likely the most probable, is that Mayweather knocks Paul out fast and easy, similar to his victory against Tenshin. Mayweather is no longer willing to take any damage at his age, and won’t be risking anything against Paul here.
Mayweather will use his years of experience and expert skill, honed under the tutelage of his late uncle Roger, and his father Floyd Sr., to destroy Paul handily. The fight will meet a quick and brutal end.
The second scenario involves Mayweather toying with Paul a little bit. Perhaps letting the fight ride off into the later rounds to give fans their money’s worth. After all, Mayweather will want to continue doing this at this stage in his life because it’s low risk and pays well. He would likely oblige and give fans a good show. Of course, he will always have the ability to end Paul at any given moment.
Last but not least — and no, this still isn’t a scenario where Paul somehow wins — and that is one where Mayweather gets hit with something big that will cause fans to cheer. Paul may even be able to send him to the canvas, if he’s lucky.
The biggest thing going for Paul in this fight, and it’s one he has alluded to for months, is his significant size advantage over Mayweather.
Boxrec.com lists Mayweather at 5’8” with a 72” reach. He’s weighed in at the welterweight and super welterweight limits for most of his career, which is between 147-154 lbs. Paul, on the other hand, is 6’2” with a 76” inch reach, and is a cruiserweight, which equates to 200 lbs.
Mayweather could potentially be giving up over 50 lbs. in weight against Paul, and that’s nothing to take lightly.
Why this fight is a likely success and how it affects the sport of boxing
It’s clear that casual boxing fans, which far outnumber the hardcore fans of the sport, are more interested in the spectacle of boxing and not the actual competition. They are more enthralled with the drama of a big fight, and the various “What if?” scenarios that often pop up with these farces.
That being said, casual fans are what keep boxing alive and well. They drive the sales and the numbers, and they bring the eyeballs to the sport.
Legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. have proven that even an exhibition match could make millions. After the Tyson-Jones Jr. event last November 28 bagged over 1.2 million Pay-Per-View buys, with Tyson netting over US$10 million according to Yahoo! Sports, and Jones taking home US$3 million. Not bad for an eight-round glorified sparring match. Mayweather obviously took notes, and just a week later, his “fight” with Paul was finalized.
Analyzing why anyone would want to see this matchup, and there are two likely reasons. One, there are a lot of fans who want to see Mayweather climb in the ring again, even in just an exhibition, and two, there are millions of people who want to see Paul get knocked out.
As mentioned previously, Paul is one of the most polarizing figures on the internet. His no-holds-barred approach to comedy has oftentimes put him in hot water.
Paul’s worst episode came at the tail end of 2017, when he uploaded a vlog where he spotted a recently deceased corpse in Japan’s infamous “suicide forest.” The video amassed 6.3 million views within 24 hours, but many people viewed the content as insensitive. Paul’s image took a big hit, and his career has never been the same since.
It’s safe to say that people want to see Paul get destroyed, and who better to embarrass him than Floyd “Money” Mayweather himself?
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