It’s true that Logan Paul, at 6-foot-2 and around 200 pounds, will have some 50 pounds and 6 inches on Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they share a boxing ring on Feb. 20, 2021.
But don’t fear for the safety of Mayweather. He has spent 43 years on this spectacle-spinning planet, while Paul is just 25 years old. Life experience has to count for something, no?
Yeah, I’m making fun of this out-of-left-field event, but isn’t that what these extravaganzas are all about? Fun … and making money. And this one could do serious business, because Mayweather isn’t nicknamed “Money” for nothing. He has been the A-side of the four biggest-selling pay-per-view events in boxing history.
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How might boxing benefit? This latest showcase of celebrity fisticuffs could help indoctrinate a new generation into the joys of jabs. On the other hand, it could plunge boxing’s long history of farcical spectacles to a whole new depth of degradation. By drawing the attention of younger social media-savvy consumers, the boxing ring will be cast under the brightest of spotlights. For better or worse.
Here’s what we know and what we still need to learn about this “fight” that everyone will be talking about in February.
What is all the commotion about?
Mayweather vs. Paul, which will take place at a site yet to be revealed, is being billed as a “special exhibition.” Your guess is as good as any about what that entails. Will it look like a boxing match? How many rounds, and how long will they be? What size gloves? How will the wide gap in weight be accounted for? Will an athletic commission be involved? Fanmio Boxing, the company putting on the event, declined to provide details.
How do I watch?
The whole shebang will be available for purchase on pay-per-view. Here, too, the rules are different from a traditional boxing show. Fanmio is an outfit that specializes in online meet-and-greets with celebrities, so those who purchase the PPV will be entered into a drawing for a virtual meet-and-greet with Mayweather and Paul. The first million paying customers will get to watch the exhibition for $24.99. After a million buys, the price will jump to $39.99. Starting Dec. 29, it’ll cost $59.99. And on Feb. 11, the late-to-the-party price will rise to $69.99. Step right up.