The widely awaited exhibition bout Mayweather vs. Logan Paul seems to have been rescheduled. Mayweather and Paul have tentatively planned to fight on June 6, according to The Athletic, with the exhibition bout set to air on Showtime pay-per-view.
The exhibition bout was originally scheduled to take place in February, but Mayweather has re-hyped the fight by posting a message on Instagram about potential landing spots for the event. Mayweather vs Logan Paul Fight could take place in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, or Atlanta, but it’s unclear if fans will show up.
Mayweather’s squad is pressing for a June 6 date in Miami, according to TMZ. If the fight takes place there, Mayweather and Paul will almost certainly benefit from increased ticket sales, as Florida has begun to fill its events to capacity, beginning with UFC 261 in Jacksonville this weekend.
If the exhibition bout is confirmed, Mayweather will have to weigh no more than 160 pounds, while Paul will have to weigh no more than 190 pounds. Despite his height superiority, Paul would be a massive underdog against Mayweather, also in an exhibition bout with no winner or loser.
Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul is set to take place on June 5th, according to sources
According to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, the exhibition between Hall of Fame boxer Floyd Mayweather and Internet star Logan Paul is tentatively scheduled for June 6 on Showtime pay per view.
The first show was supposed to take place on February 20 at online platform Fanmio, but it was postponed. The fight’s location is yet to be decided, but Mayweather revealed on Instagram on Tuesday that five cities are being considered: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, and Atlanta. According to The Athletic, Mayweather can’t weigh more than 160 pounds, while Paul can’t weigh more than 190.
If Mayweather-Paul goes ahead on June 6, it will face off against the already scheduled June 6 battle on Triller Fight Club between undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosas.
What does it say to go head to head with Lopez and Kambosos?
Mike Coppinger, insider in the sport of boxing: Mayweather, who is already the sport’s biggest celebrity after his retirement, will be pitted against one of the sport’s strongest pound-for-pound fighters.
Boxing enthusiasts would most likely want Lopez-Kambosos, a true boxing match, but Mayweather-Paul will appeal to a very different crowd. Paul is a well-known YouTube star with a large fanbase.
Despite this, Paul has a sizable following due to his YouTube and social media followings, not to mention Mayweather’s own credentials as arguably the greatest draw in the history of combat sports.
Mayweather vs. Logan Paul will clash with Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr.’s forthcoming match on Triller Fight Club pay-per-view, which is a curious side note to the scheduling of this future exhibition bout.
Logan’s brother Jake demolished retired UFC fighter Ben Askren in a major event this past weekend, with pay-per-view revenue potentially crossing one million buys, according to the social media site, which counts rapper Snoop Dogg as one of its co-owners.
What’s on the line for Paul?
Lance Pugmire, senior boxing writer: After igniting widespread excitement in the influencer fights era with his DAZN-streamed bout with KSI at Staples Center, Paul follows his younger brother Jake’s Saturday Triller main-event knockout of Ben Askren by facing boxing’s long-time pound-for-pound king in a no-lose showdown. Paul will use his vast platform to help promote the show, and since it’s an exhibition, he’ll almost certainly enjoy some success from Mayweather until a painful result befalls the YouTube star. It won’t be too painful. Any publicity is good publicity, as both Mayweather and Paul are well aware.
In addition to Lopez vs. Kambosos in the main event, boxing great Evander Holyfield will return to the ring in an exhibition match against Kevin McBride at the next event.
Mayweather vs Logan Paul and Lopez vs. Kambosos on the same night will be a genuine showdown between celebrity power and marketability, with all matches set to air on pay-per-view.
The future of Floyd Mayweather in exhibitions
Stupidity: After watching more than 4 million people buy the pay-per-view of his stoppage against former UFC champion Conor McGregor, it’s clear that Mayweather doesn’t like being drawn to these kinds of activities. Money is his nickname for a reason, even if a swarm of Paul fans (or detractors) are persuaded to invest their money to see how this one works out, there is always plenty of money to be made. With such a windfall available, who wants to gamble a second Manny Pacquiao fight?
UPDATE: A day after The Athletic’s story, Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said on the SI Boxing With Chris Mannix podcast that June 5 isn’t and “never has been” the date of the match. Espinoza, though, said he “still” expects the fight will take place at some point.