What many sports fans assumed from the beginning when Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather scheduled an exhibition for Saturday, June 6 has now essentially been confirmed by sportsbooks. It’s more publicity stunt than authentic boxing match, which means no Paul vs Mayweather bets.
As of Tuesday of fight week, legal US sportsbooks will not book any action on the social media influencer boxing exhibition.
“I’m sorry to say it’s a non-competitive exhibition and the fight will not get the approvals needed to take action on it,” DraftKings director of race and sportsbook operations Johnny Avello told TheLines. “We will, however, be taking action on other fights that are on the card.”
When a date was originally set back in late April, sportsbooks originally anticipated the handle for Paul vs Mayweather bets to be substantial.
“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,” BetMGM VP of Trading Jason Scott told TheLines in April. “Mayweather-Paul would probably be second to the McGregor-Poirer fight in the combat sports for the year so far.”
Jake Paul is considered more of a legitimate boxer than Logan Paul. Jake will reportedly fight former UFC champion Tyron Woodley for his next boxing match after signing a multi-fight deal with Showtime. Boxing reporter August 28th is one date being discussed. Woodley is now 39 and hasn’t won an MMA match in three years.
As for Logan, he fought British YouTuber and rapper KSI to a majority draw in an amateur boxing match. In the rematch, which was a professional bout, Paul lost to KSI by split decision.
That’s his only professional fight, and now he’ll step into the ring against one of the greatest boxers of all-time. Mayweather retired with a perfect 50-0 record, with 27 knockouts.
And the more you read about the extremely unusual particulars of this boxing match, the more you can understand why Paul vs Mayweather bets will not be taken at legal sportsbooks.
Whatever this event is, regulators and the books have spoken.
It’s not a real fight.