Floyd Mayweather to take on YouTube boxer Logan Paul in a ‘super exhibition fight’ in February 2021 as the undefeated ‘Money’ returns to the ring for the first time in two years
- Floyd Mayweather will take on Logan Paul in an exhibition fight in February 2021
- The American boxing legend will put his 50-0 undefeated record on the line
- Paul, 25, was beaten by fellow YouTuber KSI in Los Angeles 13 months ago
Floyd Mayweather will take on YouTube boxer Logan Paul in an exhibition fight in February 2021.
The American boxing legend, who has a 50-0 undefeated record, has not fought in just under two years and just once since he knocked out Conor McGregor in 2017 in another exhibition bout.
The bout will air via pay-per-view with the fight taking place on Saturday February 20 next year.
Floyd Mayweather (above) will take on YouTube’s Logan Paul in an exhibition fight in February
Paul (right) was beaten by fellow YouTuber KSI (not pictured) back in November 2019
Fellow American Paul, 25, fought fellow YouTuber KSI twice in the past three years, the first resulting in a draw before the Briton claimed a rematch victory back in 2019.
Paul’s younger brother Jake, who is also a YouTuber, has been making in-roads into the world of professional boxing and beat former basketball player Nate Robinson in explosive fashion last month.
Jake even claimed recently that he is the ‘next Floyd Mayweather’ with regards to entertainment after just one white-collar fight and two professional bouts.
Both Mayweather and Logan Paul have reportedly been in talks over a fight for a while, with an announcement regarding the fight breaking on Sunday night.
It will be Mayweather’s third exhibition fight since 2017 – the first was against Conor McGregor
This week, Mayweather had to shrug off claims that he was preparing to face a rematch with McGregor.
He told Drink Champs: ‘I took it (the McGregor fight) serious, but I wanted to have some fun in the fight and I wanted to entertain the people.
‘You have to give the people a show, so I gave the people a show.
‘If I wanted to go out there and f*** him up and blaze him right out the gate, I could’ve did that. But my thing is this, if I would’ve did that, then it wouldn’t be probably a part two.’
Mayweather has not fought since New Year’s Eve 2018 when he beat Tenshin Nasukawa (right)
Mayweather then took part in a second exhibition fight since retirement from professional boxing against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo.
The New Year’s Eve fight in 2018 saw the American win within one round, which saw Tenshin’s camp throw the towel in after an explosive start by Mayweather.
It is believed the 43-year-old made £6.7million from that one round in Japan, which added to the £223million he earned from the McGregor exhibition fight back in 2017.
Logan Paul (right), meanwhile, was beaten by fellow YouTuber KSI (left) back in 2019
Logan’s fights with KSI in 2018 and 2019 were also popular as the influence of YouTuber boxing continues to grow in the sport.
The first contest between KSI and Logan Paul was an immediate hit and became the largest non-professional boxing fights of all-time with 1.3million pay-per-views worldwide, a figure which included 800,000 live purchases.
The second fight in 2019 saw both fighters receive around $900,000 each, though the figures are believed to be higher for both KSI and Logan Paul.