Boxing: Floyd Mayweather to return for exhibition bout with YouTube star Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather will return to the boxing ring in February for an exhibition bout against YouTube personality Logan Paul, the undefeated former world champion announced on Instagram on Monday (NZ time).

Mayweather, 43-years-old and with an unblemished record of 50-0, last fought professionally in August 2017, when he won by TKO over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, who was making his boxing debut.

The five-weight division world champion said he will step into the ring on February 21 at a yet to be determined venue to face Paul, who has a record of 0-1, with that loss coming against fellow YouTuber KSI.

The fight is the latest exhibition bout featuring ageing former-champions and celebrities.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, now 54-years-old, returned to the ring last month to face Roy Jones Jr. in a charity exhibition bout that was ruled a draw. 

Paul's brother, Jake, has also crossed over from YouTube star to professional boxing, knocking out former NBA player Nate Robinson on the undercard of the Tyson v Jones Jr exhibition card last weekend.

Mayweather also fought kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve 2018, winning handily in an exhibition that reportedly earned him $US9 million.