Floyd Mayweather Jr. hypes up 2021 ‘super exhibition’ vs. Logan Paul
It’s happening. After months of speculation, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will really get out of retirement to face YouTuber-turned-boxer Logan Paul in an exhibition match next year.
Mayweather himself announced the big fight, hyping what he called a “super exhibition” match that is scheduled on February 20, 2021.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul. IT'S HAPPENING.
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It will be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s first time stepping into a boxing ring since he had an exhibition match in Japan against Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018. Prior to that, his last official fight was the highly promoted fight against UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017.
Mayweather was undefeated with a 50-0 record in professional bouts prior to his retirement.
Logan Paul, whose brother fought and knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson last week in the primary undercard fight of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr showdown, has only had two previous boxing fights–both against fellow YouTuber KSI. After a majority draw in their first bout, Logan lost via split decision in the six-round rematch.
This news comes a day after Snoop Dogg announced he is becoming a boxing promoter, creating his own promotion along with Triller.
For what it’s worth, this continues to be a trend in the sport of boxing. In order to reclaim its popularity, special attraction fights and drawing in celebrities to bring in non-boxing fans are being done to build interest. While this has had limited success in creating new boxing fans, it has created considerable criticism by boxing purists, who feel that the more show-y and theatrical aspects have diminished the essence of the sport and has made it more like pro-wrestling than a real fight.
There has been no indication of what the rules of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Logan Paul bout will be as of yet.