There is a new date set for the exhibition fight between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul, the brother of Jake Paul. Initially, the fight was set to take place in February with Fanimo, an online platform, in place to host the event, but those talks were postponed with no specific reason given.
According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, the fight has been moved to June 5 and will be broadcasted on SHOWTIME PPV, a significant upgrade from the Fanimo platform, and one Mayweather is plenty familiar with. There is no location set for the fight but according to the report, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta are all under consideration to host the event.
There seems to already be a battle between the reported broadcasting and promotion rights, as Coppinger reported on Wednesday night that Al Haymon has secured the rights to the fight, and is using it as a leverage move with SHOWTIME/CBS as his deal with FOX is set to expire soon.
Sources: Al Haymon acquired rights to Mayweather-Paul and is using the event as leverage to try and obtain a bigger deal from CBS/Showtime with FOX deal set to expire this year https://t.co/UNaVu69rL3
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) April 22, 2021
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions has shot down this report from Coppinger, calling it false.
This about as true as them fake ass numbers you running around reporting about last weeks PPV event. FOH https://t.co/lHM7sUJTB7
— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) April 22, 2021
The report from Coppinger also states that under the contract for this fight, Paul is not allowed to weigh more than 190 pounds, while Floyd Mayweather can not weigh more than 160 pounds in the fight. There are no other fights announced for this event currently, but it will take place on the same night that lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez defends his title against George Kambosas on Triller Fight Club, the same platform that Paul’s brother, Jake, just competed on.
While his brother has been making waves in his own boxing career, Logan Paul rose to the spotlight with two fights against YouTube celebrity KSI, and the two men had very close fights between them. The first fight with KSI was ruled a majority draw, and in the second fight, KSI was declared the winner by way of split decision to begin Paul’s professional career.
Meanwhile, Jake Paul, the younger brother of the two, has made headlines multiple times in the boxing world including most recently with his first-round knockout over former MMA world champion and UFC fighter, Ben Askren. The win over Askren was the third in the professional career of Jake Paul which also includes a victory over former NBA superstar, Nate Robinson.
Floyd Mayweather has a professional boxing record of 50-0 and that undefeated record will not be on the line as the fight against Paul, if it does take place, will be listed as an exhibition fight.