Floyd Mayweather to fight YouTuber Logan Paul in February boxing match

Floyd Mayweather to fight YouTuber Logan Paul in February boxing match

Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring in February to fight YouTube personality Logan Paul.

The 43-year-old Mayweather announced the fight, which will take place on 20 February, in an Instagram post on Sunday. Although the 25-year-old Paul has nearly two decades on his opponent, he is unlikely to trouble a man who retired from professional boxing undefeated with a 50-0 record.

Both men have fought lucrative exhibitions in the past. Mayweather was estimated to have earned more than $100m from his fight with UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, and $9m from an exhibition against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018. Paul, meanwhile, fought fellow YouTuber KSI in a professional bout last year, which he lost. Both men made millions of dollars from the fight.

February’s fight will be streamed as a pay-per-view. The first 1m customers will pay $24.99, with the price rising to $69.99 closer to the fight. Paul should have no problem attracting an audience: he has more than 22m subscribers on YouTube.