Mayweather to Box Logan Paul on February 20 in PPV Exhibition Bout

Logan Paul
November 8, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Logan Paul steps on the scale to weigh in for the November 9, 2019 Matchroom Boxing USA fight card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather will be taking on YouTube star Logan Paul in a pay-per-view exhibition on February 20.

Undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced on Sunday afternoon that he will be boxing YouTube sensation Logan Paul in a special pay-per-view exhibition that will be distributed through the digital platform Fanmio.  The fight is Mayweather’s second since boxing Conor McGregor in 2016 and will be the second pro-fight for Logan Paul after he made his debut in 2019. Mayweather’s last bout was also an exhibition, against Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan. No location or undercard for the event has been announced.

Per the Fanmio website, fans can purchase the pay-per-view ahead of time at an early bird price of $24.99.  It goes on to say that the offer will only last a limited time as the price will go up to $39.99 after sales pass 1 million and will go up to $59.99 after December 31.  Finally, the price of the pay-per-view will max out at $69.99 on the night of the fight.  The website goes on to say that fans can purchase a package that includes the PPV and limited edition official fight shirt for $54.99.

Fanmio is a digital platform that specializes in connecting fans with celebrities from different areas in entertainment.  Currently, the site offers digital meet-and-greet experiences with stars such as Mayweather, WWE Superstar Mandy Rose, Christopher Lloyd, and Tara Strong.

Floyd Mayweather was unanimously recognized as the Fighter of the Decade after completing his professional career at 50-0 in 2016  Outside the ring, he revolutionized the limits of what prize fighters can earn as he became his own promoter and frequently topped Forbes list of the world’s highest earning athletes.  He also set the standard for pre-fight coverage as the producer of HBO’s 24/7 series that followed fighters inside their fight camps leading up to major events.  Inside the ring, he set pay-per-view records in fights against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, and Oscar de la Hoya.  His last professional appearance in the ring came when he returned from retirement for a special one-off bout against then two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor four years ago.

Logan Paul is a social media personality who is known for being one of the most followed individuals on YouTube.  Having over 22 million followers led to him being one of the top social media personalities in the world who was featured in original projects on the platform and was previously part of the Google Preferred ad program which takes the top content on YouTube and packages it to sell to investors.  Paul entered the boxing world with a pay-per-view amateur exhibition bout against fellow social media personality KSI in London in 2018.  While sales fell far below expectations, the interest in the bout led to a rematch under professional rules in 2019.  This time broadcast through the streaming service DAZN and promoted by Matchroom Boxing, the two fought in front of a packed arena in Los Angeles last November.

The announcement of the bout comes on the heels of Mike Tyson’s recent pay-per-view event that saw him take on fellow legend Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout last week.  That event was notable for featuring Logan Paul’s younger brother, fellow YouTuber Jake Paul, in a viral co-main event bout against former NBA player Nate Robinson.  Paul scored a brutal second round knockout that stole many of the headlines at the event.