Floyd Mayweather’s long-trailed exhibition bout with YouTuber Logan Paul has been confirmed for Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on June 6.
The disparity in boxing ability and experience is, of course, enormous, but Paul can have a 30lbs weight advantage in the novelty bout that will baffle purists, but inevitably do big pay-per-view numbers with a crossover audience. Paul can reportedly weigh no more than 190lbs with Mayweather set a limit of 160lbs. But the exhibition will not count on Mayweather’s spotless 50-0, 27 KOs pro record.
In Paul, Mayweather has met a worthy promotional adversary at least with the 26-year-old having a huge presence on YouTube and social media. A 0-1 pro, Paul will hope the 44-year-old Mayweather has faded badly in retirement, having been out of the ring since an August 2017 stoppage of UFC star Conor McGregor apart from a blowout exhibition win over kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan in December 2018.
“Me and Logan Paul will be fighting at the Hard Rock Stadium,” said Mayweather on Instagram.
“@mayweatherpromotions @fanmio and @showtimeboxing have come together to bring an epic event!!! Tickets will be going on sale next week.”
According to Sport Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, WBA Regular 175lbs champ Jean Pascal will rematch two-weight champion Badou Jack on the Mayweather-Paul undercard. Sweden’s Jack dropped an entertaining split decision to evergreen Canadian Pascal in December 2019.
Former unified 154lbs champion Jarrett Hurd will also meet Florida-based middleweight Luis Arias on the same promotion.