A recent trend of the sport of boxing has been to capitalize on nostalgia and/or internet celebrities to get mainstream attention and get people to buy the pay-per-view. That trend will reportedly continue as one of the top boxers in the industry makes a comeback against one of the Paul brothers.
According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Floyd Mayweather will face off against Logan Paul in an exhibition June 5 on Showtime pay-per-view. The fight was supposed to take place on February 20 but it was postponed. While a location is yet to be finalized, Mayweather posted on Instagram that Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, and Atlanta are “at the top of the list.”
The two fighters are expected to receive a massive payday which is kind of the point with a match like this. The 50-0 Mayweather hasn’t fought since defeating former UFC champ Conor McGregor in 2017. Paul, the YouTube personality, has lost one fight against fellow YouTube personality KSI, and recently took part in WrestleMania 37. His brother, Jake, recently fought Ben Askren which Jake won by knockout.
There’s going to be a sense of curiosity and despite the high-profile, yet extremely controversial, pasts of the two fighters, many people are going to order the fight even though it might not be something of interest for the boxing purist.