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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Announces Logan Paul Exhibition Fight Date in IG Post

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2020

Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles as Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa speaks after their official weigh-in ceremony during a news conference in Saitama, north of Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Mayweather is scheduled to fight in a three-round exhibition match in Japan on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul will step inside the ring for an exhibition fight on Feb. 20.

Mayweather announced the event on Instagram:

Mike Coppinger @MikeCoppinger

Floyd Mayweather announces on Instagram that he’ll be involved in a boxing exhibition against Logan Paul on Feb. 20. Seriously. This has been in the works for a while. And yes, it’s going to make these guys a lot of money. The lead-up is going to drive a lot of people nuts https://t.co/zCr0xSvcSM

The legendary boxer last fought in August 2017, earning a TKO victory over Conor McGregor. 

Paul made his amateur boxing debut in August 2018, when he and fellow YouTube star KSI fought to a majority draw. KSI earned a split decision in their November 2019 rematch.

TMZ Sports first reported in September that Paul's representatives had reached out to Mayweather's camp about staging a fight.

In November, Paul began the trash talk when he said of Mayweather that he would "snap this f--ker in half," per TMZ Sports.

"Let me tell you this, if I caught Floyd in a real fight, street fight, whoop his ass!" he said. "MMA? Octagon? Whoop his ass!"

Mayweather responded days later on social media (warning: tweet contains profanity):

Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather

These YouTube girls better find some Barbie dolls to play with cause I’m not the one for the kid games. 3 years ago a fighter from the UFC said my name and I had to put a muzzle on that bitch. @loganpaul can get the same treatment before I go conquer Japan again.

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ESPN's Ariel Helwani noted how Paul is likely to have a significant weight advantage on Mayweather:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Being dubbed a “special exhibition.” BTW, Mayweather (50-0) weighed 149.5 for the McGregor fight, while Paul (0-1) weighed 199.4 for the KSI rematch. https://t.co/Zk3l7O7dy7

Still, Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of his generation, retiring after compiling a 50-0 record. He's particularly adept at defense, so he shouldn't have much trouble avoiding Paul's biggest punches.

Should he easily dispatch Logan Paul, perhaps Mayweather would move on to Jake Paul, who's fresh off knocking out former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of the Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson exhibition event.

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