YouTube star Logan Paul has generated his fair share of shocking news, but the latest reported development in his career is one that fans may have been able to see coming if the stars all aligned for him. Numerous reports this month have placed the 25-year-old Paul in an upcoming boxing match with none other than Floyd Mayweather. Yes, really.
Although Logan Paul (brother of fellow YouTube star and boxing enthusiast Jake Paul) has participated in boxing matches in the past (chronicling his journey on his YouTube channel), Floyd Mayweather is a formidable opponent for a fight, to the point that it's somewhat difficult to believe that the 43-year-old former Olympian who retired with an undefeated record in the ring would come out of retirement just to box a YouTube star. Here's how the story is unfolding.
YouTube user Keemstar, a.k.a. Daniel Keem, hit Twitter on September 16 with the report of Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather, posting:
The post cited a "boxing insider" on the news, which is surprising enough that Daniel Keem actually included "No joke" in his post. While he didn't get into specifics in breaking the reported news on Twitter, this wasn't actually the first time that reports began to circulate in September that Logan Paul will be boxing Floyd Mayweather.
Back on September 12, Mike Feinberg of The Fighting News claimed to have actually seen an image of the Floyd Mayweather's signed contract to participate in a match against Logan Paul, saying:
In the boxing world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is coming out of retirement and has just officially signed a contract to fight an exhibition match against Logan Paul. YouTube sensation Logan Paul. I don't understand the fight. Logan Paul has tried his hand at professional boxing, couldn't even beat the other nobody [that] nobody's ever heard of before. He's now 0-1. He's going to be fighting one of the best in Floyd Mayweather. It's going to be a joke of a fight. But it's signed, it's official. I heard it from a reputable source today and even saw a picture of the signed contract where Floyd signed on the dotted line for this exhibition match. Hey, it's going to be a walk in the park for Floyd, it's going to be very simple, but apparently there's some kind of money in it because it's going to be on YouTube and Logan Paul's got a lot of followers.
No details have emerged about what kind of money would be in this reported exhibition match between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that there is quite a lot. Although Mike Feinberg was clearly doubtful that there will be much of a fight actually happening before Mayweather takes Paul down, he's certainly correct that Paul has a lot of followers. At the time of writing, he has 22.4 million subscribers to his YouTube page.
A fight between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather isn't entirely out of the blue either, despite the discrepancy in their levels of experience and ability. Following his second loss to KSI back in 2019, Paul shared a tweet challenging Mayweather:
If a boxing match really does happen between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul, I think Paul can count on Mayweather bringing it! Interestingly, Mayweather teased on Instagram that he would be returning to the boxing world in 2020 with "another spectacular event" back in November 2019 as well, although I have my doubts that he was referring to a fight with Logan Paul. He used the hashtag #UFC and was pictured with UFC President Dana White, and the reported match between Paul and Mayweather was repeatedly described as "exhibition."
So, will Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather really take the ring to face off against each other, and how much money would be involved? I don't doubt that a fight between them could generate a lot of revenue, and critics of Logan Paul might be as willing to check it out as fans. Only time will tell if and when Paul and Mayweather officially comment. For now, you can find some current and upcoming viewing options on our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule.