Fans of Floyd Mayweather can be forgiven if they’ve lost track of how many times the elite boxer has retired only to suit back up for another “last” fight. The unofficial count is at least three, with Mayweather recently coming out of retirement to beat Conor McGregor in 2017. Since then, he’s mostly content to rest on his laurels.
Now all of that is about to change again — well, sort of. Mayweather recently announced he’d return to the ring for an exhibition match against social media star Logan Paul. Let’s break down what you should know about this match, including what podcaster Joe Rogan thinks is Paul’s only chance of beating the legendary boxer.
What to know about Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
The exhibition fight between Mayweather and Paul is scheduled to take place in February 2021. (The location still hasn’t been announced.) Regardless, the fight will broadcast as a pay-per-view event. Those who want to watch it can expect to pay a premium price. However, the first million people to sign up can get an early price of $24.99, after which the cost will incrementally rise, according to Fanmio.
Boxing fans who have never heard of Logan Paul don’t have much to worry about, since he’s not actually a boxer at all. Rather Paul is a social media celebrity with over 56 million followers across his various platforms, according to DAZN News. In the past, Paul has had two boxing matches against another YouTube celebrity. That said, this will be his first fight against a professional.
Not quite a legitimate fight
The announcement of Mayweather‘s fight against Paul prompted a wide range of reactions from fans, with hilarity and disgust being two of the most frequent. It didn’t take long before social media filled with memes poking fun at how little of a chance Paul would stand. Most fans naturally predict that Mayweather will knock out Paul with little effort.
Other fans, meanwhile, voiced their disappointment with what amounts to a brazen cash grab by Mayweather. They see the overmatched fight as demeaning to Mayweather’s legacy as one of the greatest all-time boxers. The media, including Bleacher Report, has also criticized the fight as being overhyped and manipulative to true boxing fans.
Joe Rogan’s take on the upcoming fight
Joe Rogan broke down his thoughts on the Mayweather vs. Paul match during a recent episode of his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. Unlike many of his peers in the media, Rogan didn’t immediately dismiss the fight. Instead, he genuinely tried to analyze whether the amateur Paul stands any chance against the aging but vastly more experienced Mayweather.
He starts by rightly pointing out that Paul has one legitimate advantage over Mayweather: size. Mayweather stands at 5-foot-8 and around 150 pounds, according to Sportskeeda. Paul, meanwhile, stands nearly six inches taller, at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. That size advantage could work in Paul’s favor — at least in certain circumstances.
According to Rogan, Paul’s size will be most advantageous if they get a bad referee, one who lets referee lets Paul tie up Mayweather and hit him in the clinch. Rogan believes that even an amateur like Paul has enough strength and power to do serious damage to Mayweather in the clinch. The odds of that happening are relatively slim, however.
Simply put, Mayweather should be able to use his significant speed and dexterity advantage to keep Paul at a safe distance while chipping away at him with precise body shots. The only real question will be how long Paul can last. If he can stave off defeat long enough, he’ll have cause to celebrate his own performance — not unlike what McGregor did after lasting 10 rounds against Mayweather back in 2017.