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Honor or disgrace? Mayweather will fight Logan Paul in exhibition match

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Dec 07, 2020 12:26 am

2020 has been a crazy year—but it feels like 2021 could be crazier. 

Floyd Mayweather just announced that he will return to the boxing ring next year in an exhibition match with YouTuber Logan Paul.

The match, scheduled for February 20, 2021, will air via pay-per-view. 

Mayweather Jr., a boxer who has won 15 major boxing world titles and a bronze medal during the 1996 Olympics, remains undefeated in boxing, with an unblemished 50-0 record. 

Local boxing fans might remember Mayweather for his blockbuster bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2015. The Filipino boxer lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision.

He last stepped in the ring professionally in August 2017, when he fought and won against mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor. 

Paul, meanwhile, is a popular internet celebrity who has fought in amateur matches with fellow internet personality KSI; their two matches ended up with a draw and a win for KSI by split decision. His brother Jake Paul is also an Internet personality who knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson in a boxing match last Nov. 29.

As one might expect, reaction to the announcement is mixed, with some saying they can’t imagine why Mayweather Jr. agreed to an exhibition match with an amateur with almost no boxing experience.

Some fans labelled the match as a “disgrace” to the sport. 

Others, however, consider it the best thing to happen to the sport.

Tickets to the match are currently priced at $24.99; prices will go up as more tickets are sold and the match date gets closer. 

(Banner photo screengrab from Mayweather-Paul Fanmio page; thumbnail from The Philippine Star/File)