Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Three biggest storylines to follow ahead of the Showtime PPV event. The pair of stars will meet in what is expected to be a wild event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Click the below link to watch Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul live boxing stream online for free.
Floyd Mayweather will return to the boxing ring on Sunday night, battling YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition match from Miami Gardens, Florida. The fight between 44-year-old Mayweather. And Paul, 18 years Mayweather’s junior and likely 50 pounds bigger on fight night, is drawing big attention as a unique spectacle.
Paul has vowed to ruin Mayweather’s legacy by scoring a big upset, which may be true even if the result of a fight will not alter Mayweather’s sparkling 50-0 record as a professional. Paul’s quest to forever alter the way Mayweather is remembered as a fighter is just one of the storylines at play when the action goes down live on Showtime pay-per-view from Hard Rock Stadium.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest storylines heading into Mayweather vs. Paul, including whether Paul has any chance of actually cashing in on this opportunity.
The big “What if?”
Obviously, there’s no bigger story heading into this fight than the idea of Paul, a controversial YouTuber, beating one of the all-time boxing greats. While the larger-than-life personalities of both men are what will pull in the eyeballs, there may be a more interesting aspect to the fight itself. That angle lies in questions fundamental to the structure of the sport. Given adequate time to prepare and with financial resources, can a much larger, and fairly athletic, younger man beat a great — but much smaller — boxer who is already well into his retirement?
On the surface, that answer is a simple “no.” But, as Paul has said repeatedly, there’s a reason weight classes exist in boxing. Paul is a physically strong man, and while he doesn’t seem quite as natural a boxer as younger brother Jake, he does appear to have fully committed himself to legitimate boxing training, even if trainer Milton Lacroix’s claims that Paul’s jab may be better than the great Larry Holmes seems like a massive stretch. That certainly leaves open the possibility of the proverbial “puncher’s chance” to land one flush on a smaller 44-year-old Mayweather and have it actually impact the fight.
Or, maybe Mayweather simply humiliates Paul from the opening bell.
Is Jake Paul next for Mayweather?
Jake appears to be the better boxer of the Paul brothers, and Mayweather has talked about beating both Pauls in 2021 – and even suggested that he would fight them both on the same night. There’s also the now-infamous “gotcha hat” moment, where Jake stole the hat from off Mayweather’s head and ate a punch in the ensuing melee. If Mayweather beats Logan – the most likely result of the fight – there are several storylines that make a fight with Jake a truly huge one in terms of interest.
While Logan is 0-1, failing to beat fellow YouTube star KSI both in an amateur fight and in his professional debut, Jake is 3-0 and has knocked out all three opponents, including former NBA point guard Nate Robinson and former MMA champion Ben Askren. While the level of competition hasn’t been great, Jake has shown a dedication to his training, visible growth in his skills, and some good power.
If Mayweather wants to keep making big money by showing up for the circus, it seems his next fight is all but locked in.
Is this what boxing is now?
The Paul brother’s trips to the ring, as well as fights like Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., have led to a narrative that boxing has become a sport that needs novelty fights to thrive. Even the undercard of Paul vs. Mayweather backs up some of those claims with former NFL star wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson making his boxing debut in an exhibition fight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul fight salaries
None of the fight salaries on the Mayweather-Paul card is public knowledge. The Badou Jack-Jean Pascal was set to be an enticing and lucrative co-main event, though it has been postponed since Pascal failed a PED test and backed out of the fight.
With that, here is the full undercard, sans Jack-Pascal:
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul
- Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias
- Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell