After news outlets reported that the highly-anticipated boxing match between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul was being postponed, the YouTuber-turned-amateur-boxer responded to the rumor.
On January 22, Irish sports journalist Donagh Corby, who reports on behalf of MMA Island, claimed in a Tweet that he was told the upcoming match – which was scheduled for 2o February – had been rescheduled, citing Logan Paul’s own coach, Kelvin Moore.
While no official reason was given for the delay from either Paul, Mayweather, or anyone representing them, Boxing News 24/7 reported that the fight it got postponed due to a “distinct lack of interest”. Now, the YouTuber has officially commented on the matter.
— Donagh Corby (@DonaghCorby_) January 22, 2021
Paul laughed at the “narrative” that the fight had been delayed because of “lack of interest”, citing the fact that attention has been on the bout for a while now. “There hasn’t been a fight that’s made this much noise [for] the whole year,” Paul said. “Bro, just releasing this shit went viral as fuck.”
He went on to explain that there are complications fighting someone of high caliber, but that the match is very much still a go at some point in the future. “The complications are that, when you are dealing with someone like Floyd Mayweather, who is the most desired, highest paid fighter on the planet, and he operates at a certain caliber and the people around him want to make sure their talent, their fighter is performing at a certain level, there are a lot of hoops to jump through,” he continued. “But yeah no, I’m still going to beat the shit out of Floyd Mayweather or maybe he’s gonna beat the shit out of me, who knows, the point is it’s still going to happen.”
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The special exhibition fight, which Mayweather was set to come out of retirement for, was meant to be a pay-per-view event sponsored by Fanmio, a business offering video messages by celebrities. The rumors that a delay was coming had been around for a while, with fans noticing that Mayweather had taken Fanmio out of his Twitter bio. JLeon also hinted that a reschedule was on the horizon during the latest episode of Jeff Mayweather’s podcast, where he said that he was “still waiting to hear the official date” of the fight.
DEBUNKED: Logan Paul debunks rumors that fight with Floyd Mayweather has been postponed. He says coach who said fight was postponed shared something that shouldn’t have been leaked. Logan says fight is happening. pic.twitter.com/BvuqICTJ9p
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) January 25, 2021
Fans have had mixed reactions to the alleged postponement. One Twitter user claimed that “this has been known by some fans for a couple of weeks now”, while others were amused that “lack of interest” is the alleged reason for the postponement. “That’s really the worst for Logan Paul -not humiliation or losing but nobody giving a shit,” another wrote.
At the time of writing, Fanmio are still selling PPV access to the fight, with their website saying that the fight is set to happen in 27 days. It’s unknown when this is going to be changed, however, or if Fanmio will refund buyers once the delay has been confirmed.