Social media influencers Jake and Logan Paul’s wild boxing tour will reportedly roll on with a June 6th exhibition between Logan and 44-year-old retired champion Floyd Mayweather. Boxing insider Mike Coppinger reports Paul versus Mayweather will be fought with each in different weight classes. Mayweather, an undefeated 50-0 in his professional boxing career, cannot weigh more than 160 pounds. Paul cannot weigh more than 190 pounds.
“Logan Paul and I are going to fight at Hard Rock Stadium. Mayweather Promotions, Fanmio and Showtime will team up to give you an epic event,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.
The announcement sets up a rare Sunday night PPV fight in Miami, instead of initial reporting that the fight would be Saturday, June 5th.
Jake Paul’s most recent Triller Fight Club bout against retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren generated a ton of buzz at sportsbooks, before Paul knocked Askren out in the first round. In fact, it was the largest handle of any boxing match this year at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Paul opened as a -180 favorite before initially shortening to -155 at DraftKings Sportsbook. By the eve of the fight, Paul fans started putting money down on the social media phenom, pushing his odds to win the fight out to -200.
At FanDuel Sportsbook, Paul versus Askren generated the third-largest handle of any single event that day, behind two NBA games.
“The Jake Paul-Ben Askren fight was the biggest boxing match since Wilder/Fury. In terms of comparison to MMA, it was below the top tier but still significant,” said Jason Scott, VP of Trading at BetMGM. “Mayweather-Paul would probably be second to the McGregor-Poirer fight in the combat sports for the year so far.”
No odds have been posted at legal US sportsbooks yet for the Logan Paul versus Mayweather exhibition. Speculation is growing on social media that Paul would open anywhere from a 9-1 to 15-1 underdog.
At least 1.45 million people reportedly bought the pay-per-view of Jake Paul’s fight against Askren. For reference, Floyd Mayweather has the biggest PPVs in combat sports history. His fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 generated 4.6 million buys. Mayweather’s bout with UFC legend Conor McGregor has the second most with 4.3 million buys in 2017.
Mayweather’s TKO of McGregor in the 10th round at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was his last official fight to get to a career record of 50-0.