Arguably the greatest boxer of the last 30 years is returning to action Sunday night. Floyd Mayweather will step back inside the ring at age 44 to face a unique opponent, YouTube celebrity Logan Paul, in an eight-round exhibition bout at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Mayweather retired from boxing in 2017 after defeating MMA superstar Conor McGregor to improve to 50-0. “Money” vowed then to compete only in exhibition bouts moving forward. His latest opponent has made a living off social media. The 26-year-old Paul has competed in only one boxing match, and he lost it to fellow YouTuber KSI in 2019. Although Paul’s chances are slim to none in this bout, he carries a bit of intrigue because he will have a six-inch height advantage and will outweigh his opponent by more than 30 pounds.
It’s a fight nobody necessarily asked for, but it has gained significant momentum over the weeks as less of a boxing match and more of a spectacle. That was only heightened when Mayweather was involved in an altercation with Paul’s younger brother, Jake, at a media conference. The build has bordered on bizarre but this will certainly be one of the most-watched fights in 2021.
The card will also feature the boxing debut of former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, who will face Brian Maxwell in a cruiserweight exhibition. Badou Jack will square off with Devin Colinal while Jarrett Hurd returns to action against Luis Arias in an intriguing junior middleweight bout.
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul live updates, highlights
9:03 p.m.: Rain has come to join the party in Miami and it’s coming down hard. Combined with the wind and the canvas has turned into a giant slip and slide. Luis Arias nearly slipped seconds into the 2nd round and the action needed to be stopped while the ring crew attempted to dry off the canvas. Yup, it’s that kind of night. Oh, now the clock isn’t working. This is incredible.
8:50 p.m.: Arias heads to the ring first. He started his career 18-0 (1 No Contest) and then went 0-2-1. He hasn’t won a fight since 2017 and suffered losses against Daniel Jacobs and Luke Keller, while going to a draw against Gabe Rosado. Can he get back on track? Hurd follows and looks to get back to his championship ways. The former WBA (Super) and IBF junior middleweight champion lost his titles in a stunning loss to Julian Williams in 2019. He bounced back with a decision victory over Francisco Santana in January 2020 and aims to turn back Arias and challenge for a world title again.
8:43 p.m.: Well, that was fun. Johnson didn’t totally embarrass himself, so that’s a win.Up next is a real fight as former champion Jarrett Hurd faces Luis Arias in junior middleweight action.
Chad Johnson survives knockdown and doesn’t look terrible in boxing debut
8:35 p.m.: Johnson looked good in the fourth round until he ate a massive right hand by Maxwell that put him on the canvas. Johnson was hurt so bad that he jumped up and attempted to give his opponent a fist bump. He clearly was discombobulated but survived the final 30 seconds and the fight. There are no official scores but
8:31 p.m.: We finally have a visual! Chad Johnson is in the 3rd round against Brian Maxwell and it appears that Johnson is not necessarily terrible. Both he and Maxwell are swinging for the fences.
8:23 p.m.: Apparently, Chad Johnson is on his way to the ring. But we can’t tell because the Showtime app still isn’t working and there are a whole lot of people upset that they can’t see Johnson’s boxing debut. We think.
8:12 p.m.: Nearly 15 minutes into the broadcast and servers are still down across Fanmio and Showtime. We should have seen this coming because the boxing gods must not be happy that this event is taking place.
8:04 p.m.: Let the ridiculousness begin! Oh, wait. The Showtime servers have crashed. Perhaps due to the overwhelming demand? We’re not off to a good start.
Mayweather vs. Paul fight start time
- PPV start time: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
- Mayweather-Paul main event: Midnight ET/9 p.m. PT
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul boxing card will take place Sunday, June 6. The pay-per-view broadcast on Showtime starts at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Expect Mayweather and Paul to make their ring walks around midnight ET.
How to watch Mayweather vs. Paul
- PPV: Showtime (U.S.), Fanmio (U.S. and international)
- PPV cost: $49.99
The Mayweather vs. Paul fight is a Showtime event that is available via pay-per-view through many cable and satellite providers; check with your local provider for more information.
In addition to traditional cable and satellite services, the Mayweather vs. Paul fight can be streamed via sho.com in the U.S. while Fanmio will carry the rights to the PPV in the U.S. and internationally.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight card
- Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
- Badou Jack vs. Devin Colinal; light heavyweights
- Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias; junior middleweights
- Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell; cruiserweights