The next major PPV event in boxing is set to commence on Sunday evening in Miami. Retired pound-for-pound legend Floyd Mayweather will make the walk to the ring for an exhibition bout with social media star Logan Paul. The pair of megastars will meet at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, atop a four-bout card set to air live on Showtime PPV.
The bout will not yield an official result for either man as the Florida commission announced that there will be no judges nor an official decision read after the fight. That means that you will be hard pressed to have a sportsbook taking action on the fight. The two will not wear headgear as they mix it up with 10-ounce gloves. Knockouts and knockdowns will be legal and the referee can stop the bout at any moment.
The fight is also something of a battle of the bank accounts. Mayweather famously turned his success in the ring into several years at the top of Forbes’ list of the highest paid athletes in the world, backing up his “Money” nickname with a massive bank roll. Paul, who is an admitted “troll,” recently told Showtime Sports that he has more money than Mayweather, citing the recent purchase of a dinosaur leg fossil.
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Mayweather has not laced up the gloves officially since stopping UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, but he has taken part in another exhibition in the meantime. Mayweather took apart the much smaller kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in 2019 in just one round. Paul, on the other hand, has just two bouts to his name, one as an amateur and one as a pro. He lost both of those to another YouTube sensation in KSI, both by decision. Now, he will enter the ring with as the much younger and much larger fighter against the retired pound-for-pound king.
This is a one fight card, for all intents and purposes. But it still features three bouts before we get to the main event. The co-main features a light heavyweight contest between Badou Jack and Dervin Colina. Jack was expected to face Jean Pascal in that slot, but Pascal tested positive for four different types of steroids and was removed from the event. Plus, Jarrett Hurd is back in a middleweight contest when he squares off with Luis Arias in a featured contest. And former NFL receiver Chad Johnson will make his boxing debut in an exhibition when he faces former MMA and Bare Knuckle FC fighter Brian Maxwell to open the festivities.
Let’s take a look at how Mayweather and Paul match up heading into Sunday’s clash.