When Floyd Mayweather Jr. final fought in 2017, he dispatched Conor McGregor, a mainstream star within the Ultimate Fighting Championship whose trash speak and bravado — not any expertise as a standard boxer — led him to an costly payday.
Now Mayweather, who’s undefeated in 50 skilled fights, will take part in an identical occasion underneath some comparable circumstances. On Sunday, he’ll face Logan Paul, a YouTuber turned boxer whom Mayweather views as unworthy of being within the ring.
Still, the occasion is predicted to promote thousands and thousands of pay-per-view buys, and the combatants will earn thousands and thousands in income.
Here is a information to some essential issues to know forward of the combat:
How do I watch?
The combat is scheduled for Sunday evening at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The pay-per-view card begins at eight p.m. Eastern, which you should purchase for $49.99 on Showtime or Fanmio to watch on tv or stream via a pc or cellular system.
As many as 25,000 followers could watch the combat dwell, and Leonard Ellerbe, chief govt of Mayweather Promotions, stated tickets have been doubtless to promote out.
How did each males turn out to be well-known?
Mayweather, 44, is seen as one of many best boxers of all time, recognized for his evasive model and for struggling minimal harm in fights.
He turned skilled at 19 and wanted solely two years to win his first title. Notable opponents he has confronted embody Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo Álvarez and Manny Pacquiao.
Outside the ring, Mayweather ceaselessly flaunts luxurious automobiles, garments, jewellery and different elements of a lavish life-style constructed on the wealth he has gathered as one of many world’s highest-paid athletes. Mayweather, nicknamed, “Money,” claims he has made $1.2 billion in his profession. In 2012, Mayweather spent two months in jail for assaulting Josie Harris, the mom of three of his 4 youngsters.
Paul, 26, grew up in Ohio together with his brother, Jake, 24, and performed soccer and wrestled in highschool. He quickly amassed a big following on the video sharing app Vine. His profile rose so dramatically that he dropped out of faculty to pursue a profession as an entertainer, supported by cash he had earned via commercials and paid posts.
His stature transitioned when Vine shut down in 2016 and he as a substitute used Instagram, YouTube and different platforms. He now has over 19 million followers on Instagram and 23 million subscribers on YouTube.
In 2018, Paul drew harsh backlash for posting a video that confirmed a lifeless physique hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest generally known as a vacation spot for suicide victims.
How did this combat get organized?
Mayweather retired in 2017 after boxing McGregor. But the considered preventing Paul, whom Mayweather considers simple prey, lured the boxer to the spectacle, particularly contemplating the social media star’s fan base and the potential for a hefty payday — which Mayweather has likened to “a legalized bank robbery.” Paul is Zero-1 as knowledgeable boxer. He has been coaching for this bout in Puerto Rico in hopes of a greater displaying.
At a May information convention at Hard Rock Stadium, issues intensified when each males took jabs on the different’s ugly controversies (and in flip, the combatants spun up imprecise reflections on their very own misdeeds to promote the combat).
Mayweather stated he would gladly combat Jake on the identical evening, too. In latest months, the youthful Paul knocked out the previous N.B.A. participant Nate Robinson and the previous U.F.C. fighter Ben Askren.
Afterward, Jake confronted Mayweather, eradicating the boxer’s white cap from his head, which led to a crowded brawl with Mayweather and his entourage. Mayweather, visibly upset, stated the act was disrespectful. Paul, in a documentary produced by Showtime, sarcastically thanked his brother for “selling his fight.”
Jake Paul just lately signed a multifight cope with Showtime and introduced his subsequent opponent, the previous U.F.C. champion Tyron Woodley.
What are the principles?
There will probably be a stark measurement distinction when the fighters enter the ring. Mayweather is 5 ft eight inches tall and usually fights round 150 kilos. Paul is 6 inches taller and formally weighed 199.four kilos in his lone skilled combat.
The exhibition bout will probably be eight three-minute rounds with no judges, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation advised ESPN. Stoppages, resembling a knockout, will probably be allowed and decided on the discretion of the referee. Both fighters will put on 10-ounce gloves, and headgear is prohibited. Paul can’t weigh greater than 190 kilos.
The setup has many similarities to what was in place in November when Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in California.