Within the newest growth within the newfound success of YouTuber stars and social media influencers serving to improve curiosity, viewership and income for boxing, it seems to be like former multi-division unbeaten world champion Floyd Mayweather will actually struggle an exhibition with YouTube celeb Logan Paul later this Summer season. Or will he?
First, Mike Coppinger, insider for the Athletic reported late Wednesday evening that the Mayweather exhibition, which had been tabled from earlier this yr, will now happen on June fifth,
Additional, Coppinger’s social media posts and story indicated that it’ll really now be half of a bigger CBS / Showtime deal for Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions, together with on Pay-per-view. Reportedly, PBC and Fox Sports activities have ben negotiating ending their multi-year settlement sooner than when the contract runs out on the finish of 2021.
This replace about Showtime and PPV contradicts what was initially introduced by Mayweather Promotions again in December a few proposed Mayweather-Paul exhibition. As we wrote then, Mayweather was touting his personal pay-per-view arm and a Fammio web site and app, as a strategy to buy the pay-per-view at a less expensive value prematurely on the February proposed date.
Clearly, Mayweather and Paul by no means adopted by and fought again in February and the concept had cooled.
That’s till everybody noticed the spectacle final Saturday evening in Atlanta had been Paul’s brother Jake Paul knocked out former beginner wrestler / MMA fighter Ben Askren within the first spherical of the principle occasion of the Tiller Combat Membership PPV.
There continues to be reporting the Triller might have had over 1.5 million pay-per-view buys for a large monetary windfall for the net service that solely bought into boxing with a Mike Tyson exhibition bout late final yr. Though, we proceed to level out that the PPV quantity has by no means been verified by anybody outdoors of Triller, as being near appropriate.
Nonetheless, Mayweather is trying to cash-in, as he at all times has, together with his final precise struggle within the ring having been towards MMA Megastar Conor McGregor whom he defeated in a boxing match in August of 2017.
For his or her facet, Mayweather and his spokesperson / confidant Leonard Ellerbe instantly shot again on social media that Coppinger has the story unsuitable.
Nevertheless, Ellerbe didn’t deny that Mayweather remains to be trying to struggle Paul and perhaps, even on that very same date. The insults appear to heart about who’s accountable for the promotion and perhaps, the place it’s airing.
Mayweather, who retired with a 50-0 document, is 5 division World Champ with earlier profession wins over the likes of Arturo Gatti, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010’s by the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America late final yr.
As for Paul, he has been within the boxing ring earlier than combating as a part of Matchroom Boxing card in Los Angeles in November of 2019. That’s when he fought in a six-three minute rounds, sanctioned Crusierweight struggle towards fellow British, YouTube character KSI. KSI gained the cut up resolution with precise California judges scoring the bout.
Paul fought beforehand as a Crusierweight and Mayweather’s final fights had been on the Jr. Middleweight restrict. So there should be an agreed on weight vary for the 2 fighters and it’s nonetheless not clear what number of rounds it might be scheduled, and so forth.
Additionally, Coppinger factors out that proposed Mayweather-Logan Paul on June fifth is identical evening that Thriller is rolling out his subsequent struggle card. This one with Undisputed light-weight World Champ Teofimo Lopez headlining towards Australian George kambosos is in the principle occasion in South Florida. Former Undisputed World Heavyweight Champ, Evander Holyfield, is combating an exhibition because the co-feature for Triller.