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The boxing legend and the YouTube star are set to meet in the ring in 2021 after some serious verbal sparring. This December, Mike Tyson's exhibition against Roy Jones Jr did a reported 1.6 million pay-per-view-buys in the US, so the pair will be aiming for some big numbers.
However the pay deal for each man is wildly different, according to entertainment reporter Daniel Keem, who claims that while Mayweather is guaranteed £5 million plus 50% of all PPV sales, Paul can expect a lot less.
"My sources are pretty dead on," he announced on his YouTube channel DramaAlert. "And my source gave me a text message yesterday saying Mayweather is getting paid £5 million up front and 50% of all the sales of the pay-per-view."
"Logan is only getting paid $200,000 up front and only 5% of all the sales of the pay-per-view."
If accurate, that's clearly a dramatic difference. For Mayweather it makes total sense. The 43-year-old earned $9 million for his exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan in 2018 - and while the guarantee here is reportedly lower, the PPV sales would be expected to take his overall purse well into eight figures.
But why is Logan Paul, who earned $900,000 for his sole professional boxing contest against KSI in 2019, accepting such a relatively low fee? Keem has a theory.
"So Logan Paul is getting wildly underpaid for this," he says. "Why would Logan Paul agree to this?
"I personally think it's clout. This is going to be such a big match, he might not make a ton of money with this contract - but it might be worth it for him to have the opportunity to be a legend."
It might well do the 25-year-old's worldwide profile good to step in the ring with boxing royalty like 'Money' Mayweather. But, as it's beyond far-fetched to suggest he will actually 'win', we're not really sure how he attains legendary status.
Perhaps - if the numbers are true - it's just a reflection of how successful Paul expects their PPV to be and Mayweather's position as the dominant presence.
After all, he's the biggest star in boxing of the last 20 years - while there are a decent supply of other YouTubers out there (sorry Logan) who'd be willing to lace up the gloves. Including perhaps Logan's younger brother, Jake Paul, who's scored two spectacular KOs in his celebrity boxing career so far.
Is 'The Maverick' being seriously underpaid? Or is this all worth it to watch him dance around Mayweather and score a sensational victory? Let us know, sanely, in the comments.
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