Yesterday’s long awaited Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul exhibition boxing match left most viewers disappointed following no winner being declared after 8 rounds. Despite the size advantage of the 6”2, 189 pound Youtube star Paul, the 44-year old Mayweather was the heavy favorite to win having remained undefeated in 50 matches with 27 knockouts throughout his hall-of-fame career. Mayweather, in fact, seemed to be dancing around Paul at some points, and landed 43 out of his 107 blows, while Paul landed just 28 out of his 217 blows. Fans who wished to see the fight end by knockout were unfortunately left empty handed. “That fight was terrible, but it would have been worse if I had paid”, one user on Twitter said in reference to the USD 50 Pay-Per-View fee to stream the fight.
Aside from the negative feedback, the match garnered such high online demand that some PPV streaming services such as Showtime, a ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC) subsidiary, crashed as a result, and the Company is reportedly exploring the possibility of issuing refunds due to the outage. Floyd Mayweather’s base pay is said to be USD 10 Million plus 50% of Showtime’s PPV revenue, while Logan Paul’s pay in comparison will be much smaller at just USD 250,000 plus 10% of PPV revenue. With the amount of viewership generated, Mayweather is expecting to potentially take home more than USD 100 Million.
Mayweather has made hundreds of millions from his fights throughout his extensive career, including USD 300 Million in his 2017 fight against Connor McGregor. While the 44-year old Mayweather is well into his retirement, he has stated that he’s open to considering other exhibition matches in the future. “I can fight a fighter right now and guarantee myself USD 35 million. Eventually, I can probably make USD 50 million, right? It’s just a regular fight. Or me and Logan Paul and a YouTuber can go out and have fun and make nine figures, USD 100 million or more,” Mayweather said on the Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast last March.