Thursday, June 3
YouTube and Facebook, 1:00 pm ET, Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul press conference. Actually, I think this is not a traditional sort of press conference but it’s some sort of media function similar to one, probably serving about the same purpose, and at any rate it will stream live for everyone from the former Versace Mansion. That’s how I know this is good, it’s at a rich people place. That makes me think, “Wow, yes.”
Friday, June 4
YouTube and Facebook, 11:00 am ET, Mayweather-Paul undercard press conference. What wild things might Chad Johnson the football man say? Will Brian Maxwell pretend he’s in a real fight? Will Luis Arias promise a barnburner and then two days later fight like Luis Arias? These questions and more will be answered.
FITE PPV, 7:00 pm ET, David Lemieux vs David Zegarra. This is $19.99 which is quite a lot to ask for a bunch of Canadian dudes going to a Holiday Inn in Cuernavaca. The other Canadian dudes featured are Erik Bazinyan and Simon Kean. Think the big dog (me) is not going to bother here.
Saturday, June 5
FITE PPV (Buy Here!), 2:00 pm ET, Daniel Dubois vs Bogdan Dinu. It’s utterly ridiculous, but Dubois-Dinu is for the interim WBA heavyweight title. Dinu is a pro and honestly the sort of guy Dubois should be fighting right now, particularly as Dubois is coming off of a loss. Dinu is credible enough to be here, but if Dubois has collected himself he should win. It’s not bad matchmaking for where Dubois is in his career, but the WBA is really hitting some new lows with their heavyweight mess. FITE have this one on PPV for $12.99, which is a fair price for a clean, legal U.S. stream. It’s also airing on BT Sport in the UK. BLH will have live coverage.
Sunday, June 6
PPV, 8:00 pm ET, Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul, Badou Jack vs TBA, Jarrett Hurd vs Luis Arias, Chad Johnson vs Brian Maxwell. Again, to be very, very clear: Mayweather-Paul is an exhibition. It is entertainment. What I am telling you is that it will be roughly as real as WWE. I only repeat this because a lot of people really struggle with the concept. Between boxing exhibitions and reality TV, I think we’ve proven that if pro wrestling came around right now as a totally new idea instead of having been a thing for a century, you probably could convince a good amount of people they’re really fighting. I’m not “hating,” by the way, I don’t care, if you can make money and get people excited for something, by all means do it. But people should know what they’re putting down $50 on, too.
We were supposed to have Pascal-Jack 2, but that’s off with Jean Pascal failing a drug test pretty spectacularly. Jack is still scheduled to fight someone, probably nobody particularly interesting, but in a real, actual fight. Hurd-Arias is a real fight at middleweight. Chad Johnson vs Brian Maxwell is also an exhibition, with the former NFL star Johnson doing a one-and-done to scratch something off his life’s list. Whatever the show winds up being, we’ll be here. BLH will have live coverage.