Although Floyd Mayweather retired from boxing after his famous fight against Conor McGregor, he will step into the ring at least one more time. However, his next opponent has made millions as a YouTube star rather than from delivering knockout blows.
After much speculation, Mayweather has officially set a date to fight Logan Paul. Will the 43-year-old boxing legend have any trouble taking down a challenger who has youth and size on his side? Or will Mayweather make quick work of Paul when the two square off?
Floyd Mayweather hasn’t had a professional fight since 2017
Floyd Mayweather made a lucrative living through the sport of boxing. During his legendary career, the Michigan native never suffered a single loss. He retired with a 50-0 record that included 27 wins by knockout.
Of course, Mayweather’s final pro fight came against another highly-decorated and highly-paid star: Conor McGregor. The 11-time boxing world champion squared off against the MMA legend in what was dubbed as “The Money Fight.”
While McGregor landed some solid punches against Mayweather, the Ireland native failed to deliver a knockout blow. Originally scheduled for 12 rounds, the fight ended in the 10th round after Mayweather defeated McGregor by technical knockout.
The victory pushed him past Rocky Marciano to become the first boxer to ever go 50-0. After the fight, Mayweather announced his retirement.
“This was my last fight tonight, ladies and gentleman,” he said. “Tonight, I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you’re a hell of a fighter and the country of Ireland, we love you guys.”
While Mayweather did compete in an exhibition match in Japan in December 2018, he hasn’t had a professional fight he took on McGregor in the summer of 2017.
Logan Paul delivered a knockout blow to his last opponent
Known more for his YouTube channel, Logan Paul has started to get into boxing in recent years. In 2018, he took on British YouTuber KSI in a white-collar boxing match that ended as a majority draw.
The two YouTubers squared off again in 2019. However, Paul suffered a narrow defeat in his first pro fight.
Although one judge scored the fight 56-55 in favor of Paul, the other two judges gave KSI the nod. Ultimately, the rematch ended in a win via a split decision for the UK-based YouTuber.
Recently, Paul got a chance to display his boxing skills to a much bigger audience when he took on ex-NBA player Nate Robinson in the co-main event of the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones. Jr. pay-per-view.
Despite facing a former professional athlete, Paul made Robinson look like a complete amateur. Although he put forth a valiant effort, the 5-foot-9 former Slam Dunk Contest champion got knocked out in the second round by the 6-foot-2 Internet star.
Mayweather has officially set a date to fight the YouTube star
With speculation swirling about a possible matchup between he and Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather took to social media on Sunday to set the record straight once and for all.
The undefeated former champion formally announced his return to the ring via Instagram.
Mayweather will fight Paul in a “super exhibition” match on Feb. 20, 2021. So far, we do not know what venue will host the fight.
According to the event’s website, the bout will be available via pay-per-view. The first one million purchases will cost $24.99. The price will jump to $39.99 after that threshold has been met.
Starting Dec. 29, the price will increase to $59.99 before it climbs to $69.99 starting Feb. 11.
It certainly will be interesting to see how Mayweather looks considering he hasn’t competed professionally since August 2017. Will the aging former world champion show any rust in his return to the ring? Or will his experience and skill prove too much for Paul to handle?
We’ll find out in just over two months.
And let’s just say the YouTube star will have a much more challenging time against his next opponent than he did against his last one.