Pop culture’s latest foray into the world of boxing is almost upon us.
YouTuber Logan Paul is set to meet one of boxing’s all-time greats, Floyd Mayweather, in a money-spinning exhibition event in Miami.
Predictably enough, this event (it’s not a fight technically, but we’ll get to that) has already garnered plenty of criticism.
However, on the other side of the coin is the fact that it has also generated a phenomenal amount of interest, be it genuine or otherwise.
When is the fight? How do I watch it?
The fight, which will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, will likely get underway at 12:00pm AEST on Monday, and will be broadcast on Fox Sports’ Main Event channel for paying viewers.
If you don’t have access to the fight, you can also follow along with our live blog.
The undercard starts at 10:00am AEST, the boxing highlight of which will be Badou Jack vs Dervin Colina over 10 rounds at light heavyweight — an actual fight involving two actual boxers.
Former NFL star Chad Johnson — who was also known as Chad Ochocinco — will also make his boxing debut on the undercard against Brian Maxwell over four rounds.
Johnson played wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots over 11 seasons in the NFL.
Who is Logan Paul?
Logan Paul, 26, is a YouTube star with over 20 million followers, who has recently decided to take up a career in boxing.
He’s had one professional fight — which ended in a split decision loss — but it was against fellow YouTuber KSI, or Londoner Olajide Olayinka Williams, to give him his full name.
They headlined a show in November 2019, incredibly relegating a genuine super middleweight world title fight involving Billy Joe Saunders to the undercard.
Who is Floyd Mayweather?
Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all time, ending with a professional record of 50 wins from 50 fights, 27 by knockout.
Mayweather combined a ghost-like ability to avoid being hit with an unerring punch accuracy to become a world champion in five weight classes, from super featherweight right up to light middleweight.
The 44-year-old is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view fighters of all time, generating an estimated total of over $US1.5billion ($1.94 billion) in revenue.
He retired from the ring in 2017 after comprehensively beating MMA star Conor McGregor, but has since fought in an exhibition against unbeaten kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, who he beat in the first round.
For a start, this meeting is not technically a boxing match. It’s an exhibition.
Admittedly, the pair will be wearing 10oz gloves and attempting to hit each other over eight, three-minute rounds in a vague impression of what two boxers would do, but this is not a proper, officially sanctioned fight, merely an exhibition.
For a start, there will be no judges (although there will be a referee), therefore no result if it goes the full distance.
That means Mayweather’s 50-0 professional record is not under threat, neither is Paul’s 0-1 record, although that somehow feels less important in the grand scheme of things.
However, knockouts are permitted, so we could get a winner that way.
Additionally, one of the fundamental tenets of boxing will be ignored.
At Sunday’s weigh-in, Paul, who stands at 188cm tall, weighed in at 189.5lbs (85.95kg), just under the agreed limit of 190lbs.
The 173cm-tall Mayweather, though, weighed in at 155lbs (70.3kg).
This near-16kg weight difference would simply not be allowed in any official bout, and for good reason — although Mayweather doesn’t seem too bothered by the difference.
“Weight don’t win fights, fighting wins fights … at the end of the day, I can fight,” he said at the weigh-in.
Why are they fighting?
There is one reason and one reason only that this is happening. Money.
Mayweather said as much at the opulent surrounds of the Versace mansion at Thursday’s well-attended media day.
“I don’t really look at it as a fight,” Mayweather, whose nickname is “money” on account of his extraordinary earning potential during his career, said.
“I just look at it as going out, entertaining the people and having fun.”
Exact financial details are not available, but Mayweather has said that he has already made $US30 million and could expect to take home up to $US100 million from the event — something he previously described as “legalised bank robbery”.
Paul said he expects to pocket around $US20 million.
Surely Paul can’t win?
Well, aside from the fact that there won’t be a result if it goes the distance on account of there being no judges, you wouldn’t have thought Paul could come close to matching Mayweather in the ring.
As anyone who has ever come across Paul would know, him fancying himself is nothing new, but he is backing himself to cause an upset.
“At the end of the day, this is a fight and anything can happen,” Paul said on Friday.
“I love this, this is me in my element.
“I hit hard and I think we’ll see Floyd’s eyes light up. It could get ugly, it’s a fight! The rules are broad, anything could happen.”
At the weigh-in on Sunday, Paul doubled down on his claims he was in with a chance.
“He’s not ready, he don’t know what to expect,” Paul said.
Ok, but seriously, Paul can’t win, right?
Yeah, probably not — and not just because there are no judges, although Paul does have some backing.
Ryan Garcia, a genuine boxing superstar with an unbeaten record of 21-0, who similarly straddles the boxing-YouTube divide, said he thinks Paul will win by knockout in the eighth round.
However, odds are still against him and Mayweather is confident in his abilities to get him over the line.
“I’m glad he believes in himself [Paul], but the last time I checked, all 50 fighters I have fought all said the same,” he said.
“I’ve been here before, I know what it takes.
“And that’s one thing about Floyd Mayweather is, I’ve got skills.”