Mayweather Jr. vs Logan Paul Live: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul will meet in a special exhibition match Sunday, but the drama is likely to start when the two-step on the scales Saturday evening.
The pairing is a perfect example of the marriage between combat sports and spectacle. In one corner is Mayweather, whose slick defense and skills in the ring are only rivaled by his ability to sell his fights outside of it. The other is a YouTuber with precisely one professional fight under his belt looking for his first win.
It might not make any sense from a competitive standpoint, but it’s likely to be a profitable endeavor for both parties. Paul has more than 23 million subscribers on YouTube, while Mayweather is the biggest pay-per-view draw in boxing.
Making the matchup even more unique is the size difference. Mayweather has contended much of his career under 150 pounds and stands at 5’8″. Meanwhile, Paul is 6’2″ and weighed in at 199.4 pounds ahead of his only other pro fight against fellow YouTuber KSI.
The weigh-in could have financial ramifications for the fight as well. Logan Paul is reportedly set to be fined $100,000 for every pound he weighs over 190. Given the nature of the fight and the spectacle involved, there’s almost guaranteed to be some conflict when the two hit the scale.
What: Mayweather Jr. vs Logan Paul exhibition match
When: Sunday, June 6
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
When: 8 p.m. EST
Live Stream: Showtime on YouTube
Mayweather vs. Paul: Bragging Rights is being produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and will take place Sunday, June 6, live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Showtime Sports is set to provide coverage of fight week events on multiple platforms with contributions from Schaub, Luke Thomas, and Brian Campbell of Morning Kombat, and Matt Barnes, and Stephen Jackson of All The Smoke.
Mayweather Jr. vs Logan Paul Fight Preview
The exhibition will have special rules. The two will wear 12-ounce gloves and the fight is scheduled for eight three-minute rounds. There will be no judges and no official winner read, but knockouts are allowed, per Marc Raimondi of ESPN.
As with any of these novelty fights, the result will come down to how invested both parties are. The more intense the bout becomes, the more it favors Mayweather. He’s a world-class boxer with a 50-0 record, while Paul has only fought as a professional once.
There’s also a huge disparity in boxing skills. Mayweather is one of the smartest boxers of all time. His defense makes him nearly impossible to hurt, and he is excellent at making an opponent chase and expert at picking the right spots to counter.
Paul doesn’t have much experience to go off of but did show off a decent job when he fought KSI. The problem is that he was all too eager to follow up with wild, looping hooks anytime he connected on the jab.
If Mayweather is keen to drag things out and put on a show, he will likely just make Paul look foolish by being unhittable. If he’s looking to make his money a little more quickly, he won’t have a hard time finding openings.
The boxing legend doesn’t seem too concerned, telling ESPN he can beat Paul with his “Z-game.”
If he takes things that seriously against Paul, this one might not last long. At least McGregor and Nasukawa have decorated strikers within their own sports. Paul is still green in the boxing arena, and this will go as long as Mayweather wants it to.