The maximum-grossing boxer of all time is determined to once once again embark on the exhibition circuit.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. tested frequent rumors of his return to the ring, as the former five-division world champion and pound-for-pound king will face YouTube famous person and boxing amateur Logan Paul. Their exhibition bout will take location February 20, 2021, Mayweather announced on his validated Instagram account on Sunday.
Representatives from Mayweather Promotions proven the validity of the announcement to BoxingScene.com, simply stating “It’s true.”
Neither a location nor weight division has been particular for the experience, a good way to air reside on Pay-Per-View. The reveal—which lands simply 4 days earlier than Mayweather’s 44th birthday—should be allotted through FanMio.com, a website dedicated to selling on-line meet-and-greets with celebrities from all genres.
The experience incorporates four rate tiers, beginning with an early chicken special to be able to allow viewers to purchase the display for $24.ninety nine through December 28. In an indication of optimism, a 2d early fowl tier of $39.99 has been offered as soon as pre-revenue surpass the 1,000,000-purchase threshold. The expense raises to $59.ninety nine beginning December 29 and then to its full cautioned retail price of $sixty nine.99 beginning February 11, 2021 via combat night.
Mayweather (50-0, 27KOs) has not entered the ring in any combating means—sanctioned or exhibition—seeing that a new yr’s Eve 2018 boxing exhibition fit with japanese kickboxer and mixed martial artist Tenshin Nasukawa.
The farcical experience–which topped the RIZIN 14 event in Saitama, Japan—drew heavy criticism because of the gross dimension mismatch, with Nasakawa arising from featherweight to face some of the most advantageous boxers of all time in Mayweather in an introduced three-circular exhibition. Mayweather scored three knockdowns en route to a first-round stoppage.
As largely criticized as became the adventure, Mayweather drew his justifiable share of scorn for his remaining respectable sanctioned bout. The unbeaten 5-division champ ended a 23-month ring hiatus to face premier fighting Championship (UFC) superstar and boxing debutant Conor McGregor in August 2018. Mayweather won with the aid of 10th circular knockout atop a Showtime Pay-Per-View card which landed because the second maximum-grossing boxing experience of all time, drawing 4.3 million buys and producing a reside gate of $fifty five,414,865.79 at T-mobile area in Las Vegas.
Mayweather owns the 4 greatest-promoting PPV events of all time, including a career-defining 12-circular close-shutout of Manny Pacquiao in boxing’s most reliable pound-for-pound showdown. Their may also 2015 conflict bought four.6 million PPV instruments which generated greater than $410,000,000 in PPV revenue together with a are living gate of $72,198.500 at the MGM Grand garden area in Las Vegas.
each figures surpassed the trade’s old facts, set by using Mayweather in his September 2013 facets win over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ($a hundred and fifty million in PPV income) and his may additionally 2007 determination victory over Oscar de la Hoya (2.48 million PPV buys).
Whereas the exhibition with Nasukawa saw Mayweather criticized for picking out on a smaller fighter, it’s the longer term corridor of Famer who offers away size advantage this time. Paul is 0-1 as a pro boxer, however who stands 6’2” and fights as a cruiserweight. Paul weighed 199 ¼ pounds for his November 2019 break up decision loss to fellow online character KSI (real identify Olajide William Olatunji).
Mayweather has not ever weighed heavier than 151 kilos in his 21-year seasoned profession, hitting that mark in a may additionally 2012 choice win over Miguel Cotto to develop into a two-time junior middleweight titlist. The 5’eight” Mayweather started his career at 131 kilos, winning lineal championships at junior light-weight, lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight as well as an alphabet belt at junior welterweight. He has weighed above the welterweight restrict simply four times in his career—versus de la Hoya, Cotto, Alvarez and McGregor.
The announcement comes on the heels of the November 28 Triller Pay-Per-View experience headlined through legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. The reveal aired reside from a crowdless Staples center in los angeles, which—as previously reported by means of BoxingScene.com’s Manouk Akopyan—bought 1.6 million PPV buys, respectable for the tenth most fulfilling-selling US boxing PPV event in heritage.
fanatics interested in purchasing the event can accomplish that through FanMio’s web site.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox