Popular YouTuber Logan Paul has challenged the celebrity boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a “special exhibition” match on February 20th 2021 and it will be streamed as a pay-per-view on Fanmio.
Currently, Mayweather holds the record of being undefeated with 50 – 0 as well as being the multiple world title owners in five weight classes as well as an Olympic bronze medalist. Logan Paul on the other hand is a controversial internet personality whose notorious fame grew when he filmed a dead body in a Japanese forest as well as fighting in one sanctioned boxing match which he lost to a fellow YouTuber KSI.
Needless to say, this is unlikely to be a festival of evenly matched athletic prowess. But Mayweather is not above signing up to farcical contests for the spectacle and the payday. His 50th official win involved him coming out of retirement in 2017 to face UFC star Conor McGregor, who had never professionally boxed before. The following year he fought kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a widely panned exhibition match, winning by TKO in the first round.
Mayweather called out Logan Paul last month via a Twitter post where he stated his thoughts on boxing YouTubers by saying he’s “not the one for the Kid games.” Jake Paul, who is the brother of Logan Paul responded to the tweet in a comment ahead of his own fight against former NBA player Nate Robinson which he won.
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“You know, it doesn’t bother me,” Jake told The Daily Beast. “At the end of the day, he’s like 5-foot-4, so he’s actually the little kid here, and obviously he just wants attention. He’s fifty-something years old. He should be in retirement. So he just wants to get relevancy by talking about the YouTube kids, because we’re the ones popping off right now.” (Mayweather is actually 5-foot-8 and 43 years old. Also very good at boxing.)
However controversial this may sound, this is probably another avenue for the organizers to make some cool cash as the pricing of the event is expected to be around US$24.99 which only pally tot he first PPV sales while the price will increase to US#39.99 then US$59.99 by December 29th and then US$69.99 b February 11th.
The whole situation is deeply silly, which is no doubt why organizers expect a lot of people to tune in. The “early pricing” of $24.99 only applies to the first million PPV sales, with the price rising to $39.99, then $59.99 on December 29th, then $69.99 from February 11th.