Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Boxing great to come out of retirement to fight YouTube star | Ents & Arts News


Undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather is to come out of retirement to fight YouTube star Logan Paul.

The event is being touted as an exhibition and will take place on 20 February next year.

It promises to be another lucrative deal for “Money” Mayweather – as well as for Paul, who has more than 22 million YouTube subscribers.

Both men tweeted an image for the pay-per-view fight, which will be broadcast exclusively on the FanMio site.

Mayweather is considered one of the best pound for pound boxers ever and has been tempted out of retirement several times before.

He famously beat UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017, which stretched his pro boxing record to 50 wins – and reportedly banked him several hundred million dollars.

The 43-year-old also fought an exhibition against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve 2018 in Japan.

That fight ended inside one round after the hapless Nasukawa was knocked down three times.

He could face a few awkward moments against 25-year-old Paul, though.

Despite not having skills anywhere near Mayweather’s, he is around five inches taller and naturally much heavier.

Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in August 2017 to go 50 fights unbeaten
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Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in August 2017 and (below) Logan Paul has twice fought fellow YouTuber KSI
Millions are expected to watch the fight between KSI and Logan Paul

Paul’s boxing experience comes from two fights against British YouTube star KSI.

The first fight in Manchester in 2018 ended in a majority draw, but Paul lost last year’s rematch on points.

The decision to proceed with what appears to be a gigantic mismatch may have been prompted by Mike Tyson’s recent exhibition with Roy Jones Jr – which proved a big success on pay-per-view.

For Paul, the event marks another significant turnaround from the pariah he was, briefly, in 2018 after showing the body of a suicide victim in a YouTube video.



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