Updated:Jan 6, 2022
YouTube star turned professional boxer Logan Paul, has claimed that Floyd Mayweather Jr is yet to pay him for their exhibition bout in June 2021.
Taking to social media earlier this week, Paul called Mayweather a “dirty little rat” in response to a Daily Star article which headlined that the 15-major world championship-winning boxer “could buy Jeff Bezos’ jet” with the money he earned from the fight.
The exhibition, which took place at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, went the entire eight-round distance, as Paul survived being knocked out by the 50-0 fighter.
However, Mayweather said: “People have got to know, there’s a difference between a real fight and an exhibition. I did an exhibition with the YouTuber, Logan Paul. We had fun. All I did was work out from time to time. If it was a real fight, it would’ve been a blowout in the first round.”
Reports suggest that the 26-year-old American, with more than 23 million YouTube subscribers, was expected to have earned over 10% of the total revenue with his earnings expected to have reached £15 million after his $250,000 guarantee and the sales of the event.
Logan Paul also claimed that, along with British YouTuber and rapper KSI, the pair would make back the money stolen from him and more.
KSI has also endured a short boxing career, first hosting an amateur boxing match with fellow British YouTuber Joe Weller at the Copper Box Arena in London. On YouTube, the fight drew 1.6 million live viewers, 21 million views within a day, and over 25 million over the next several days. The bout was described at the time as the biggest white-collar amateur fight in history.
In February 2018 it was then announced that the 28-year-old would face Logan Paul in an amateur contest. The event sold 21,000 tickets at Manchester Arena, with an estimated live gate revenue of around £2.7m. The fight ended in a majority draw, which sparked calls for there to be a rematch in Paul’s homeland.
A rematch was held in November 2019, but unlike the first, this would be a professional bout without the use of headgear. The event was promoted by the infamous Eddie Hearn, with KSI being trained by Jeff Mayweather, uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr, eventually winning by split decision.
The duo have now joined forces to launch their new sports hydration company, ‘Prime Hydration’.