Mayweather To Stage Exhibition Against YouTuber Logan Paul

Mayweather Says Nurmagomedov Fight Will Happen
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2017, Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks to his corner while taking on Conor McGregor in their super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 


Floyd Mayweather announced Sunday he is set for an exhibition boxing match against popular YouTube personality Logan Paul at an undetermined venue early next year.

No details were released about the former boxing champion’s latest exhibition, other than it would be held on February 20.

The 43-year-old Mayweather has not had a serious boxing match since fighting Andre Berto in 2015, the same year he battled Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao.

In 2017, Mayweather stopped mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, who had never boxed professionally before. The one-sided fight allowed Mayweather an easy way to close his overall boxing record at 50-0.

A year later, Mayweather staged another widely ridiculed exhibition against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve that reportedly netted him $9 million.

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The 25-year-old Paul’s lone boxing match was against his YouTube rival, KSI, back in November 2019.

Paul triggered widespread criticism with his YouTube portfolio in 2017 when he posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. The video, shot in the Aokigahara forest, caused YouTube to cut some business ties with Paul.

Last month, Mayweather shared a video on Instagram teasing an upcoming fight but without any details.

Mayweather will be giving up six inches in height to the six-foot-two Paul. Tickets are priced between $25 and $70.

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Mayweather ‘Adopts’ Panda, Names It After Himself

This picture taken on November 30, 2017 shows US boxer Floyd Mayweather (R) receiving a stuffed panda toy during an adoption ceremony after he adopted a panda baby at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. AFP

 

He hardly has a reputation as the cuddly type, but Floyd Mayweather displayed his softer side as he adopted a baby giant panda in China — and promptly renamed it “TMT Floyd Mayweather”.

The 40-year-old American boxing star will, however, have to leave the panda at its home in southwest China and the 100,000 yuan ($15,000) adoption fee paid by him and another sponsor will go to the research centre where it lives.

“TMT” is Mayweather’s brand, short for “The Money Team”, a nod to the vast wealth he accrued boxing and now regularly flaunts.

Mayweather retired for a second time this year after stopping MMA star Conor McGregor to improve his record to 50-0.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding showed pictures of the visiting Mayweather admiring and feeding his panda an apple and taking a selfie.

His adopted panda was born in July 2016 and was previously called “Maodou”, or soybean.

Mayweather’s donation allows him to visit the panda and have it called by the name he wishes for a year, as well as receive greeting cards “from” the animal.

Mayweather is on a tour of China that is taking in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.

He has not made clear the trip’s purpose but implied on Instagram that he was being paid.

“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said in a posting this week that accompanied a photo of him on the Great Wall.

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Moment Of Truth As Mayweather-McGregor Fight Looms

 

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 25: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor face off during their official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on August 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor prepared for their money-spinning showdown on Saturday as Las Vegas crackled with anticipation for what is poised to become the richest fight in history.

Undefeated welterweight boxing world champion Mayweather and mixed martial arts star McGregor are expected to touch gloves at around 9:00 pm (0400 GMT Sunday) before 20,000 fans at the T-Mobile Arena.

The controversial 12-round showdown between two of the biggest names in their respective disciplines has captured the imagination of the combat sports world but has been dismissed by many in boxing as a farcical mismatch.

Mayweather, who retired unbeaten in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record, is widely expected to inflict a one-sided defeat on McGregor, a two-time world champion in MMA’s Ultimate Fighting Championship who has never boxed professionally.

Veteran trainer Teddy Atlas predicted a rough night inside the ropes for McGregor.

“Would a ping-pong player have a chance of scoring a point against Roger Federer?” Atlas said.

“It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighbourhood late at night. McGregor’s going to get mugged.”

The high-rollers of the gambling world agree, with the lion’s share of the money being bet on the fight placed on Mayweather.

As of Saturday, four separate bets of $1 million or more had been placed on Mayweather to win. Those wagers included a $1.2 million cash bet that will earn around $240,000.

Yet the fact that so many in the boxing and betting world see the outcome of Saturday’s contest as a foregone conclusion has not deterred the massed ranks of McGregor’s Irish supporters.

The Las Vegas streets surrounding the fight venue following Friday’s weigh-in were transformed into a sea of emerald green as McGregor’s raucous army of supporters danced and chanted under blazing sunshine.

– Stacked odds –
The stacked odds against McGregor are also unlikely to put off casual sports fans, with millions of viewers across the United States expected to pay $99.95 to watch on pay-per-view television.

Stephen Espinoza, the head of cable network Showtime Sports which is selling the fight in the US, said surveys had shown that fans were not bothered by predictions of a one-sided bout.

“The casual fans were absolutely adamant,” Espinoza said.

“Their response almost universally was ‘We don’t care if it’s a mismatch … if there’s a .01 (percent) chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it.’

“And that’s why they’re going to watch it.”

Some projections have indicated the fight is on track to surpass the 4.6 million pay-per-view buys of Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao.

If that happens, the bout is almost certain to become the richest fight in history and will leave Mayweather and McGregor laughing all the way to the bank.

ESPN reported on Saturday that Mayweather is guaranteed a $100 million purse from the fight, which could reach $250 million if the most bullish pay-per-view targets are met.

McGregor, a 29-year-old former plumber who was living on unemployment benefits four years ago, is guaranteed $30 million, but could pocket as much as $100 million, ESPN said.

Both Mayweather and McGregor have spent large parts of the build-up to the fight trash-talking, with an ill-tempered global promotional tour laced with expletives, repeated homophobic slurs and allegations of racist language.

McGregor snarled and yelled into Mayweather’s face on Friday when the two men went nose-to-nose at their weigh-in.

McGregor taunted Mayweather after tipping the scales at 153 pounds, well inside the 154-pound limit, but substantially heavier than his opponent, who weighed in at 149.5 pounds.

“That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “I’m going to breeze through him, trust me on that.”

A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.

“Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” Mayweather said. “It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales.”

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$1.2m Bet Among Wagers On Mayweather To Defeat McGregor

This file photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor face off during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

An eye-popping $1.2 million bet is among a flurry of big-money wagers on Floyd Mayweather as the welterweight champion prepares to take on mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, bookmakers reported on Friday.

As Mayweather and McGregor readied to face each other at a weigh-in later Friday, Las Vegas bookmakers were reporting a surge in betting on Saturday’s cross-combat sports showdown at the T-Mobile Arena.

Bookmakers have said the total amount gambled on the bout will make it the most bet-upon fight in Las Vegas history.

William Hill US reported that the flood of bets in the past 24 hours included a punter who strolled into a sports book and handed over $1.2 million in cash on Mayweather, a 1/5 favourite. If Mayweather wins, the bet will earn around $240,000.

“It’s going to be the biggest fight handle ever. Period,” William Hill US director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said. “Whether it’s boxing, gladiators or Game of Thrones.”

William Hill said another gambler had staked $300,000 on the outcome in Mayweather’s favour.

The MGM sportsbook also took a $1 million bet on Mayweather on Thursday, according to ESPN. The bet would net around $182,000 in profits.

Vegas bookmakers say that while the majority of bets on the fight have been placed on McGregor, a 5-1 underdog, most of the total ‘handle’ or betting pool has been placed on Mayweather.

Bogdanovich told AFP that bets on McGregor were outstripping wagers on Mayweather by a ratio of 17 to 1.

Bookmakers face multi-million-dollar losses if McGregor stuns the boxing world and upsets Mayweather on Saturday.

William Hill said the biggest bet it had received on McGregor so far came on July 24, when a bettor staked $150,000 on the Irishman, setting up a potential $662,500 windfall if Mayweather loses.

Most experts say McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, has next to no chance against Mayweather, the 40-year-old former welterweight star who retired in 2015 with a 49-0 record.

Mike Tyson’s former trainer Teddy Atlas was one of the latest voices to write off McGregor’s chances of springing a surprise.

“It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighbourhood late at night,” Atlas said of McGregor. “He’s going to get mugged.”

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McGregor Enters Final Stages Of Preparation For Mayweather Fight

Mayweather and McGregor

UFC superstar Conor McGregor is entering the last stages of his preparation for the biggest fight of his career so far against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

McGregor will step outside the octagon and into the boxing ring with one of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen on Saturday night.

The Irishman will come to blows with the ”money man”, a former five-weight world champion, in front of a packed house at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old has repeatedly shrugged off the underdog tag promising to knock out his opponent in the first two rounds.

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Floyd Mayweather has said he has done his homework on mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and promised their multi-million dollar fight in Las Vegas on August 26 will not go the distance.

Both fighters have now tipped a knockout finish to the hotly-anticipated bout between arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time and the explosive UFC champion.

“I think we both owe the fans, as well as the public, everyone that’s tuning in, I think that we both should give them excitement,” Mayweather told reporters at a media conference at his gym in Las Vegas.

Fight With Mayweather Not For Money – McGregor

Fight With Mayweather Not For Money - McGregor

Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor says he has become “the face of the fight game” ahead of his upcoming multi-million dollar boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August.

The 29-year-old Irishman, who has never boxed professionally, told reporters at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas on Friday that his sole concern was getting the win, and that the cash was a secondary issue.

UFC lightweight champion McGregor is due to face the 40-year old Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0, on August 26 in a 12-round super welterweight boxing bout.

The fight against “Money” Mayweather will shoot the brash Irishman into the financial stratosphere, but McGregor said he was not worried about the cash.

“The word doesn’t even come in, the word isn’t even in my vocabulary, I am here to win, I am prepared to win, and win in devastating fashion; that’s where we’re at, I don’t care about the money, I don’t care about any of that,” he told reporters.

Wearing a robe made for him by fashion designer Donatella Versace, emblazoned with his name and “Notorious” nickname in gold on the back, McGregor said he felt in “pristine condition” as he had his hands wrapped for the workout.

“This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd’s been opening his mouth, simple as that,” McGregor said of his decision to chase a match-up against one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Both fighters have said that the contest at the T-Mobile Arena will not go the full 12 rounds.

Mayweather had told the media at his workout on Thursday that the fight going the distance would represent a victory for his 29-year-old opponent.

Fight With McGregor Won’t Go Distance, Mayweather Says

Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has said he has done his homework on mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and promised their multi-million dollar fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26 will not go the distance.

Both fighters have now tipped a knockout finish to the hotly-anticipated bout between arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time and the explosive UFC champion.

“I think we both owe the fans, as well as the public, everyone that’s tuning in, I think that we both should give them excitement,” Mayweather told reporters at a media conference at his gym in Las Vegas.

Mayweather and McGregor

Casually dressed in a black T-shirt and shorts, the bluster and profanity of the recent four-city promotional tour undertaken with McGregor were replaced by a more sober analysis.

“It’s about doing your homework. It’s not really watching fight tapes, it’s about knowing the person you’re facing across the ring from you. You want to know what they like to eat, what they’re doing when they’re not in camp,” said the undefeated 40-year-old.

“That’s called really doing your due diligence, doing your homework on your opponent.”

Conor McGregor Shows Off Boxing Style Ahead Of Mayweather Fight

The brash 29-year-old Irishman, who has never boxed professionally, became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously when he added the lightweight belt to to the featherweight title he already held last November.

Having scored two knockouts to win his belts, McGregor has confidently predicted he will floor Mayweather within four rounds to hand the American his first defeat in what will be his 50th professional bout.

“If he believes that it’s not going to go past four and I believe that it’s not gonna go the distance, at all, so he feels one way I feel another way, we’re both confident in our skills and we’ll just have to see,” said Mayweather, the winner of a slew of titles in various weight classes.

“He’s confident. They’re always confident. But it’s different when you get in there with Floyd Mayweather.”

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McGregor, Mayweather To Be Drug Tested ‘Robustly’ By USADA

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has confirmed that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be subject to no advance notice out of competition round the clock testing.

McGregor, who will make his professional boxing debut against Mayweather, is currently part of two separate USADA testing groups.

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The multi-weight UFC champion remains under the UFC’s anti-doping program and has also been placed in USADA’s pool for professional boxers ahead of the super fight in Las Vegas on August 26.

The drug testing program is “consistent” with the UFC’s policy and the world anti-doping agency code.

Mayweather, McGregor Storm Canada With Fight Promotion

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor moved their trash-talking extravaganza north to Canada on Wednesday on the second stop of their four city fight promotion.

Thousands of fans attended the raucous event at Ontario Place.

Mayweather taunted McGregor by toying with the Irish flag while McGregor hurled obscenities at the Mayweather family and had some left over for the fight promoter, Showtime, who he accused of turning off his microphone at Tuesday’s news conference in Los Angeles.

Mayweather and McGregor fight at 154 pounds on August 26 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather’s last fight was September 2015, and despite the prolonged layoff the 40-year-old American is expected to be the heavy favourite.

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Mayweather, Mcgregor Press Tour Kicks Off

Mayweather, Mcgregor Press Tour Kicks Off

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor traded barbs during a lively press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, delighting a rowdy crowd ahead of their August 26 fight in Las Vegas.

The media conference was the first in a four-day international tour promoting the bout.

The contrasts between the two were immediately apparent as McGregor danced around the stage smiling while Mayweather looked on stone-faced.

As is expected in the bout, McGregor was the aggressor, wasting no time bringing up reports that Mayweather earlier this month asked the IRS for more time to pay his 2015 tax bill.

“He’s in a track suit,” McGregor told the crowd of more than 11,000 people, who largely cheered the Irishman and booed the American. “He can’t even afford a suit anymore.”he said

Later when Mayweather, whose nickname is “Money” and who frequently uses cash as a prop, pulled out a $100 million cheque on stage, McGregor told him to “give it to the taxman”.

When asked about the tax issue, Mayweather said his attorneys were working on it and did not worry him.

“I just showed you all a $100 million cheque that I haven’t even cashed yet, so we ain’t tripping on that,” he told reporters.

The check appeared to be the $100 million he earned for his victory over Manny Pacquiao two years ago.

Mayweather was more subdued than the fiery 28-year-old, reminding reporters that even though he is a heavy favorite, he is 40 years old and that anything can happen in a fight.

He said he expected McGregor, who has never fought a professional boxing match, to try to pummel the defensive-minded Mayweather, who is putting his perfect 49-0 record on the line.

Conor McGregor Shows Off Boxing Style Ahead Of Mayweather Fight

Ultimate fighter Conor McGregor has posted video of a workout to his Instagram account as he prepares for what the Las Vegas hype machine is calling the “Fight of the Century”.

McGregor will take to the boxing ring on August 26th in Las Vegas where opponent Floyd Mayweather will put his unbeaten record on the line in a contest that is expected to bring both fighters as much as 100 million dollars each.

Mayweather, 40, retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record while McGregor, 28, is the UFC’s lightweight champion.

 

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Mayweather Confirms Fight With McGregor

Former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is set to fight UFC champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match in Las Vegas on August 26.

The 40-year-old American confirmed the details of the contest on Wednesday in a video he posted on Twitter.

In his reaction, 28-year-old Irish UFC lightweight champion McGregor said “the fight is on”.

Former five-weight world champion Mayweather retired unbeaten in September 2015 after 49 bouts.