Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, USA
On June 7 in Miami, Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will set the record for the most money earned in the ring in a single fight. Athletically, unfortunately, there won’t be much here.
The fight is not sanctioned by the Athletic Commission as a professional fight, so the records will not go to the boxers. The rules are pretty specific too. There will be no referees, so victory is only possible by knockout. The duration of the bout is 8 rounds of 3 minutes each, with the referee in the ring having the right to stop the fight at any time at his discretion. Alright, well at least no helmets, and 12oz gloves.
Floyd Mayweather: Quick or not quick? That is the question!
Mayweather is fired up and motivated, and even seriously assesses the odds before the fight with the amateur, who is no more than a first-rate sportsman:
It’s going to be fun. In this fight, I will show the difference between a video blogger and an elite fighter. I’m not worried about anything because I’ve been a professional for 25 years. I’ve fought the best, seen different styles and always won. I’m glad Logan has confidence and believes in himself. All my 50 opponents in the past have also been cocky and always said the same thing. I look at it all as an outing during which I can also entertain people. I never worry about my opponent’s height or weight, it’s all about skill, and I have it. That’s one of the characteristics of Floyd Mayweather. In most of my fights, I’ve fought guys who were bigger than me.
Mayweather has already had an exhibition fight in his career. On 31 December 2018, he came out in Japan against Tenshin Nasukawa, a very popular kickboxer there. Nasukawa is no Logan Paul, but a professional athlete with an excellent kickboxing record. But already in the second round, the referee was forced to stop the beating of the Japanese.
Logan Paul: It’s all about creating a buzz and making more money
Logan Paul’s main goal is to attract as much attention to the fight as possible, and he’s doing it well. He won’t win in the ring, but he’ll win financially and media-wise. He cannot lose there, and a defeat from an elite boxer would only help him in any case. If he loses, Paul has nothing to lose, but everything to gain. We do not, of course, consider the eventuality that Floyd gets hurt so badly that he will have to be treated for the rest of his life. We hope it will not come to that.
Paul has two fights on the record, one amateur and one professional. The amateur was a draw, the professional - a loss. His opponent was the same underdog, some American rapper. This, speaking of skills. From the advantages, we can mention the age (almost 20 years younger), height and weight (20 kg heavier) and long downtime of Floyd Mayweather. But that’s enough for many to believe in the blogger.
The fans should understand, and Floyd himself should understand, that he is not the same as he was before. Nobody knows how he’s going to step into the ring. But at that age, boxing becomes a dangerous game. You get played and you’re bound to get your ass kicked. He was a magician in the ring. But he’s getting old. His tricks don’t work anymore, his cards fall out of his sleeve. I know Logan has never won in the ring, but he’s big. And in this case, the saying ‘styles make fights’ might work. Mayweather is a counter puncher, but he’s an aged counterpuncher. Logan himself will try to play the Mayweather game. He’ll move, throw jabs, take advantage of his superior anthropometry.
Expert Betting Tips
Betting on Mayweather to win is uninteresting. Betting on Paul’s win is pointless. We have to choose the total, Total Over 0.5 for 1.26 and Total Under 0.5 for 3.44.
So, it’s up to you to decide. If Floyd decides, he will destroy the upstart in the first round. If he wants to make some extra money (as it was in his fight with Conor McGregor) he will stretch the fight longer to increase the number of commercial breaks and, accordingly, money earned.
The fight is an exhibition fight, but the blogger seems to have annoyed the champion. We hope, like Kostya Tszyu, that Floyd doesn’t play for money and embarrass professional boxing as Ben Askren did with professional MMA.