Is Logan Paul Going To Fight Floyd Mayweather?

17 September 2020
Boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Logan Paul, Conor McGregor
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According to the Internet, that’s a yes

They say a society gets the politicians it deserves, and maybe the same is true of fights, because it appears that YouTube star Logan Paul is going to box Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition match.

Rumours of a bout between Paul and Mayweather have been brewing and now it looks like it could actually be happening. According to another YouTuber, Keem, the fight is taking place.

This rumour was backed up by Mike Feinberg, a writer for The Fighting News who asserted that Mayweather had signed a contract agreeing to fight.

"I've got some breaking news for you. Floyd Mayweather Jr is coming out of retirement and has just officially signed a contract to fight in an exhibition match against Logan Paul -- YouTube sensation Logan Paul,"

However, there are some very obvious obstacles, not least of which is the size difference between the two men.

It seems ludicrous even to get to the weights when we’re discussing a fight between arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter who has ever lived and a YouTube star who has lost both his previous fights, but such are the times we are living in. And unsurprisingly for Floyd “money” Mayweather, if the price is right, he’ll consider it.

Logan Paul and fellow YouTuber KSI have been credited with bringing a new audience to boxing after they fought in two exhibition matches in 2018 and 2019.

With boxing inevitably following the hype and money, and Floyd Mayweather now retired with his 50-0 record in-tact, exhibition fights are an easy way for him to continue earning astronomical sums. With the $100 million purse from the McGregor fight no doubt still front of mind, the chance at another exhibition match may well seem tempting. Earlier in the year he set a $600 million price for potentially stepping into a ring with McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The fight game is all about hype. If no one’s interested in the fighters, no one will watch the fight. In this case, if the fight goes ahead, people will doubtless tune in despite themselves.