Floyd Mayweather’s return to the boxing ring to face Logan Paul will be delayed further after their planned exhibition this month was postponed.
‘Money’ was set to return to the ring on February 20 to face the YouTube star, but this has since been rescheduled for a later date, according to Fanmio founder and CEO Solomon Engel.
“After an absolutely tremendous response to the fight announcement, we’re hoping to announce a new date very soon along with some new exciting details,” Engel said in a statement.
Fanmio is an online platform which connects fans to celebrities and was set to host the event, with a pay-per-view option as well.
Paul, who suffered a split decision loss to fellow YouTube star KSI in his sole professional bout, confirmed talks were still ongoing about rearranging the bout for a later date.
“We knew it was going to be pushed for a minute now, some COVID business complications is what I can say.
“The fight is still happening so easy with the rumours that there’s no interest. This fight broke every single combat sports record for pre-sale pay-per-view numbers – shattered them.
“I don’t want to get the narrative twisted; we had a leak inside the camp which was annoying and everyone made up their own reasons why it was postponed.
“We want to have a packed arena somewhere and on the business side we have to iron things out. He’s got a lot of people on his team… Al Haymon (Mayweather’s manager) got involved.”
The 43-year-old remained undefeated from all 50 of his professional contests and last fought in December 2018 against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. Prior to that, he also stopped UFC fighter Conor McGregor in their money-spinning 2017 meeting.
Paul’s brother, Jake, meanwhile is gearing up for what will be his third professional boxing match when he takes on retired MMA fighter Ben Askren.
Current lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, though, hopes to see an end to YouTubers entering the boxing ring.
“Stop diminishing the sport that we’ve worked so hard for! S*** not sweet,” he tweeted.