The undefeated five-weight boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather announced that he would take on YouTuber Logan Paul in an exhibition fight in February 2021. Floyd is 43 years old, and he is still unbeaten in 50 bouts.
Back in 2017, he participated in a professional boxing match beating the MMA star Conor McGregor. This fight was one of the most talked-about fights in boxing history. Since the online MMA bets went through the roof, this fight also brought in the most money for both fighters.
Nowadays, it seems like fighting is all about popularity. Anyone can become a boxer and fight someone who is already in the game if they are popular enough to make people talk.
When it comes to Paul, he has a very small history in the boxing match. He only fought once professionally, losing to fellow YouTuber KSI back in November 2019.
In the past couple of months, we saw a couple of pair exchanging insults on social media coming from Paul, who has 22 million subscribers on YouTube.
A couple of weeks ago, Logan’s’ younger brother Jake, who is also a famous influencer, knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson. The fight gained so much attention on social media and increased Jake’s popularity. After the fight, he was confident enough to challenge Connor McGregor in a fight, which is still unconfirmed.
The fight between Mayweather and Logan will take place on 20 February, and experts predict that it won’t draw huge pay-per-view numbers.
This is Mayweather’s last chance to take an opponent beyond the traditional boxing world.
Paul is a big guy that obviously hits the gym every day and enough to learn the very basics of the sport. He is 1.88 meters tall and weighs 90kg. On the other hand, the champion is quite smaller with its 1.73 meters tall and weighs 67kg.
On paper, Paul has a greater chance of winning this fight, but considering its lack of experience, it would be an unpredictable match.
Considering that the 43-year-old ended his career with 50 undefeated professional matches, he would be tough to beat. The last time he was in a fight against Tenshin Nasukawa back in December 2018, he just needed 140 seconds to knock out the guy.
Will Logan Paul last longer?
People are still wondering why this fight is taking place, considering the ridiculous mismatch. Neither of them has yet explained the motivation for this exhibition fight.
It is a crazy combination that most people didn’t even see it coming. Mayweather is a professional boxer with a flawless record, and he is taking on a YouTuber that only has 20 million subscribers.
Of course, their primary motivation is money. After all the things we’ve seen in professional boxing, it is all about money.
The fight will be available via pay-per-view, and for the first 1 million viewers, the price will be $24.99, which will increase to $39.99 when that threshold is reached. By the end of this month, the price will jump to $59.99, and on the day of the fight will cost $69.99.
The previous fight between Logan Paul and KSI reached 1.05 million pay-per-view purchases and 1.2 million people watching the fight on illegal streams on Twitch.
We expect that this fight will gain much more attention. If we estimate 3 million pay-per-view purchases on the average price, they will make close to $150 million. This amount is much lower than Mayweather’s fight against Conor McGregor that Forbes estimated generated more than $550 million in revenue. Only from that fight, Mayweather reported earning $275 million.
It is an interesting exhibition fight that will definitely catch the attention of many people. We’ll have to wait and see how the preparations will go and the type of hype they both make before the fight.
Since Logan Paul is a famous YouTuber, I guess it won’t be a problem for him to increase the tension and use creative marketing strategies to increase the popularity of the fight.
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