Fans will tune in to see Floyd Mayweather box Logan Paul on Sunday night, but here are three additional reasons why the card is worth checking out.
Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will finally settle their celebrity differences in the boxing ring Sunday night, but with the main event comes an entire card. Mayweather and Paul were originally scheduled to fight in February, but due to COVID-19 concerns, the bout was moved to the summertime which gave both fighters more time to prepare for the highly-anticipated bout.
Therefore, here are three additional reasons to watch the card outside of the inevitable Mayweather-Paul headliner.
1. The event takes place on a Sunday, not a Saturday
While minor, the event will take place on a Sunday night instead of the primary combat sports day, which is Saturday. This was to prevent Showtime from conflicting with Triller Fight Club and ensure that the television distributor gets the most pay-per-view buys possible. However, the Triller event is now scheduled for June 19. In addition, it allows Showtime to have its own timeslot and not compete with the UFC event from the night before. With these date switches, combat sports fans can watch all of the weekend’s fights without having to switch back and forth.
2. Chad Johnson makes his transition from the NFL to the ring
Former NFL wide receiver, Chad Johnson, will try his hand at boxing during the night’s main card opener. Johnson takes on Brian Maxwell (2-3 MMA) in his boxing debut. Maxwell also had a brief stint in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships prior to making his transition to the ring, while Johnson spent his football career with the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson was picked during the 2001 NFL Draft and led the Bengals to numerous playoff appearances, but never won a Super Bowl championship during his career. The star power of Johnson should make for an entertaining entry into the pay-per-view portion of the event.
3. Jarret Hurd returns to the ring for the first time since 2020
Jarret Hurd is another featured attraction during the Mayweather-Paul main card. Hurd has had a long and illustrious career as one of the sport’s best light middleweights in the world. Currently 24-1, Hurd is looking to make it two straight wins as he takes on Luis Arias in a 10-round affair. For hardcore fans, Hurd’s return comes as an added bonus to an already star-studded event.
Can Paul shock the world or will Mayweather re-enforce boxing as the superior sport? The world will find out soon.