There is more than money that triggered Floyd Mayweather’s decision to come out of retirement one more time and take on YouTube star Logan Paul.
What started as an apparently fake rivalry has become something heated enough to create forecasts that it will be the highest selling pay per view sporting event for the entire year.
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The disrespect Mayweather was shown by Paul and his brother Jake at last month’s press conference has added another layer of friction to the growing war of words.
In the first press conference for the fight, Mayweather and Paul got involved in a brawl.
Jake grabbed Mayweather’s hat off his head, an act which prompted Mayweather to try and retaliate, but the melee of people managed to break it up.
When asked about the altercation, Logan said: “When you have a guy with the resources and the wealth that Floyd Mayweather has and the connection and the network and he’s saying s**t, ‘I’mma kill that motherf***er’ — kill?! Death?!
“You’re gonna kill my brother over a f***ing hat?! Yo, we take that s**t seriously man!”
Here is everything you need to know about the fight.
How much money will Mayweather and Paul make?
The pair will take to the ring at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, with Mayweather set to pocket $AUD131 million and Paul raking in up to $18 million.
Former world welterweight king Floyd Mayweather and YouTube personality Logan Paul this week.Source:AFP
Massive pay-per-view figures are expected for the eight-round tussle with Mayweather, especially considering Jake Paul insists his last fight in April against Ben Askren brought in a reported 1.5 million buys, thereby generating around AUD$98 million.
Rules for the fight
The rules for the exhibition fight were released this week, showing there will be no judges in attendance.
No official winner will be declared, however, knockouts and TKO stoppages are allowed.
They were initially set to fight in 12-ounce (340g) gloves but according to combat sports reporter Marc Raimondi, they will now do battle in 10-ounce (283g) gloves instead — making a knockout more likely, because the gloves will be less padded.
Logan Paul will have a 14kg weight advantage.Source:Getty Images
There will be no headgear and no judges’ scorecards to decide the contest if it goes the distance with a contest of eight rounds of three minutes.
A knockout either way will go a long way to making people happy.
Logan, who will weigh around 86kg with Mayweather likely to tip the scales at around 72kg, added.
Venue for the showdown
The fight will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
It is the same city Paul has based his camp in, training with the 5th. Street Gym.
Logan Paul cannot wait to take on Floyd Mayweather — but he’s running scared of Tyson Fury.
The YouTube star takes on the legendary American in Miami on Monday (AEST) and even though Mayweather boasts an incredible 50-0 record, Paul reckons he’s got a fighting chance.
Time and date for the fight
The fight is scheduled to take place on Monday morning, June 7.
The broadcast begins at 10am (AEST) and Mayweather and Paul, the main event, are scheduled to step into the ring at 12pm.
What are the odds?
Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite. Some corporate bookmakers have the undefeated fighter at $1.08. Paul is listed as the $5 outsider. There will be no official result if the fight goes the distance and neither fighter is stopped inside eight rounds.
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Former world welterweight king Floyd Mayweather and YouTube personality Logan Paul.Source:AFP
Who are Jake and Logan Paul?
If you’re still not familiar with the Paul brothers, they rose to fame posting prank videos on YouTube.
They’ve leveraged their enormous social media popularity into burgeoning boxing careers — especially Jake who is 3-0.
He defeated another YouTuber in his debut before knocking out former NBA player Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s return last year and then exploding as a bona fide pay-per-view star after knocking out ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren last month.
None of those opponents are legitimate boxers but it hasn’t mattered as hundreds of thousands of fight freaks fork out the cash to catch the circus that surrounds the 178cm loudmouth.
Logan has had just one professional bout, a loss to fellow YouTuber KSI, but has landed the biggest fish in the last 20 years of boxing by getting Mayweather to agree to a fight on June 6.
Paul, 26, took on fellow YouTuber KSI in an amateur exhibition fight in 2018 which reportedly generated 1.3 million pay per view buys worldwide, before a rematch in 2019 in Los Angeles.
What has Floyd Mayweather been doing?
Mayweather last appeared in an officially sanctioned boxing bout in 2017 when he defeated UFC superstar Conor McGregor despite hanging up his gloves two years earlier.
His most recent ring appearance was a first-round demolition of Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve 2018.
The 44-year-old has an undefeated record of 50-0.
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