Floyd Mayweather FAILS to beat Logan Paul as the YouTuber claims a SHOCK moral victory by going the full distance in their money-spinning exhibition
- Floyd Mayweather failed to beat Logan Paul as their exhibition fight in Miami went the full eight rounds
- Mayweather bossed the fight from start to finish but could not land that all-important knockout blow
- The YouTuber-turned-boxed did not disgrace himself and put in a competitive performance in Miami
Well, who would have thought it?
Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers of all-time, made light work of a complete and utter novice here on Sunday night in his first appearance since an equally straightforward triumph over a Japanese kickboxer in December 2018.
Logan Paul, of YouTube fame, is adept at being obnoxious yet throw him into a ring with a five weight world champion and, all of a sudden, the 26 year-old doesn’t look too clever or funny at all.
What a surprise.
Logan Paul caused a major shock by going the full distance against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather on Sunday night
The YouTuber was outclassed in the fight but stood his ground and showed a solid chin to take Mayweather’s best shots
Paul was over two stone heavier than Mayweather and used his weight by leaning on him to smother a lot of his work
The bare, predictable facts from a fight, if that’s the correct description for an evening which had the boxing purists frantically running for the hills, were Mayweather used all his experience and boxing genius to pick off a game yet totally outclassed opponent who should stick to singing songs and playing pranks.
With this event classed as an exhibition, there were no judges ringside yet if there had been, Mayweather would have run out an easy winner.
Time and time again, Mayweather sucked in his opponent before making him pay.
Paul, who now will hopefully leave boxing alone although fears he will darken the sport in the future sadly remain, was younger, taller and heavier than the American yet still predictably failed to trouble the Moneyman who showed welcome flashes of his genius.
All the pre-fight diatribe about Mayweather being knocked out while brazenly dismissing one of the most glittering CV’s in sport was shown up for what it really was – just pure and utter nonsense.
‘He was better than I thought he was,’ admitted Mayweather afterwards. ‘I had some fun though.’
Paul also used his jab well to keep Mayweather at bay with the boxing legend the aggressor for much of the fight
The two regularly got tangled up during the fight and had to be separated by the referee on Sunday night
To think there were people in amongst a healthy crowd here and watching from afar who actually thought Paul, with two fights to his name coming into this against a fellow YouTube sensation, actually had a slither of hope really is quite disconcerting.
There was more chance of a south Florida snow storm than seeing Mayweather tumble to defeat.
For the record, snow was seen once here back in 1977 and although it only lasted around 90 minutes, another freak blizzard is more likely than this serial chancer, or any other wannabe pugilist, making any seasoned, professional fighter look foolish in front of the sporting world.
Paul said he would attempt to make it competitive and some early flurries proved the man from Westlake, Ohio was true to his word.
With former heavyweight king Evander Holyfield ringside and a healthy crowd at the home of the Miami Dolphins, there was certainly a big fight feel here in south Florida no matter the fallacy of pitting a rookie against someone of the ilk of Mayweather.
Paul tried to let his hands go when they were in close but was made to miss by Mayweather more often than not
Mayweather cut a frustrated figure at times and stepped off the gas when he realised that the knockout wasn’t coming
That feeling dissipated once the action began in an encounter which was declared an exhibition rather than a fully licensed, professional bout and the only way to triumph was to stop or knock-out the opponent within the eight scheduled three minute rounds.
Mayweather, who weighed in at 155 lbs with his opponent tipping the scales at 189.5 lbs, skipped around in the opening exchanges, trying to lull his younger opponent into engaging before delivering a jab which rocked Paul’s head back.
Paul enjoyed some success towards the end of the first, a flurry of punches forcing Mayweather to frantically defend, something the Michigan native forged his career on.
By the third round, Paul looked fatigued as Mayweather began to pick him off with blows to the body before a left hook smashed through some non-existent defence.
As the bout wore on, Mayweather’s superiority was clear for all to see.
Logan’s brother Jake Paul, who has also ventured into boxing, was in attendance for the glitzy exhibition fight in Miami
Paul enjoyed some success in the fourth, connecting with a right hook to the head, predictably, yet the most venomous blows came from Mayweather, the pick of which was an uppercut at the end of the sixth as the man once known for giving CPR to a fish struggling to prove he wasn’t out of his depth.
‘This is crazy,’ said Paul while being introduced by the ring announcer.
That much was true yet this shouldn’t happen again.
Leave boxing to the professionals and internet tomfoolery to those who actually think it’s funny.
As Paul will surely testify, there is nothing humorous about being repeatedly punched in the head by one of the finest fighters in history.
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Well that was a shock. The best boxer of our generation failed to beat a YouTuber. What a result though for Logan Paul, who was understandably animated at the final bell.
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Floyd Mayweather: ‘He surprised me to be honest. He was better than I thought. Good work.’
We go into the final round! Who thought it would go this far. No real sense of urgency from Mayweather here. Paul smothering again and does it, he goes the distance! It’s all over.
Floyd trying to up the tempo but Paul doing a decent job smothering his work and using his weight advantage. Paul pawing out a jab to keep Mayweather at bay and doing a good job. He hasn’t taken much damage at all this round and is now heading into the final round against Mayweather. Pressure of him to get the knockout! I’m expecting Mayweather to throw the kitchen sink here, surely. Could be fireworks.
Mayweather digs in a body shot to start the round off and is starting to really sit down on his punches, Paul going nowhere though for the minute. What a moral victory it would be for him if he can go the distance here. A left hook buzzes Paul momentarily but he responds by swinging back, nothing lands but he’s still throwing. Mayweather looking a little frustrated now.
Logan Paul doing what he can but the gulf in class is starting to show now. Paul just can’t land anything meaningful. Mayweather now starting to land at will. A left hook snaps Paul’s head back but he takes the shot well. A big right hand lands right on the chin again but Paul is staying composed, keeping his shape and most importantly, still standing.
Mayweather starting to tee off with his left hook. Paul tries to respond, and comes close to connecting with a right hand. Paul lands a good jab but then walks straight into a stinging left hand counter. Mayweather then finds a home for for his right hand. Logan Paul struggling with the pace now and breathing heavily. Paul hanging on though and by now doing himself a disgrace. We’re halfway through now and the pressure will start to creep up on Mayweather the longer this goes on.
Logan Paul steps on the front foot, forcing Mayweather on to the ropes and letting his hands ago, but predictably, the slick Mayweather ducked and weaved out of the way of them. Paul a bit more purposeful in this round, leaning on Mayweather and using his weight advantage. Paul lands his best shot of the fight with a sneaky uppercut on the inside. Mayweather responded with a wry smile. Mayweather lands a beautiful left hook, snapping Paul’s head back. Paul takes the shoot well. Interesting round that.
Mayweather getting closer. Logan Paul doing everything he can, throwing the odd jab but whenever Floyd goes on the attack he just can’t get out of the way of it. A bit of a quiet round but Mayweather did land a decent body shot. Surely this is going to catch fire soon?
All Mayweather though in that first, Logan Paul got some combinations off but nothing hitting the mark. Mayweather doing a good job establishing his jab and already getting closer.
Mayweather is REALLY taking his time to do his ring-walk. A clever tactic maybe just to unsettle Paul.
Logan Paul came to the ring with a shiny Pokemon card around his neck.
Of course, Jake Paul is in the crowd tonight with a hat on which says: ‘Gotcha hat’.
Don’t go anywhere. This is why we all set our alarms clock early and dragged ourselves out of bed. The crazy fight between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather is just moments away.
Asked if Logan Paul even has a chance to beat Floyd Mayweather, former world champion Johnny Nelson replied: ‘No! Point blank, no. I don’t even see how that could be a possibility. Floyd is 44 years old but he is still enough of a fighter to beat this young man here.
‘I think Floyd will make this guy retire from fighting. He’s got too much of an ego to let this go on for too long before he gets the knockout, that’s how I see it going.’
Mayweather wanted 8oz gloves but the late decision was made just days ago that the gloves would be switched to 10oz from 12oz, increasing the chance of a knockout.
Click below to read what Logan Paul had to say about the switch.
Is that too much of an advantage? Does that make a knockout feasible? Or is Mayweather too classy and fleet of foot to avoid Paul’s big punches? We’ll find out soon enough.
Easy night’s work for Badou Jack as he battered Collina from pillar to post from the first bell to the end. Here’s how it all ended. Up next, the main event!
Not that anyone’s holding out much hope for a Logan Paul victory.
That goes someway to explaining what one of the greatest boxers of all time is doing fighting YouTuber.
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There will be no ringside judges for the main event, but according to one bookie the winner could be decided by a VOTE!
Mayweather and Paul can however knock each other out in the eight-minute exhibition, which is understood to be the only way they can officially win – so it’s sure to be a fun fight.
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Badou Jack is just entering the ring now ahead of his co-main event against Dervin Collina.
Of course he was supposed to be fighting Jean Pascal in a rematch for the world title, but he tested positive for FOUR banned substances so has had a late change of opponent.
Earlier on in the night, former NFL star Chad Johnson was knocked down by bare knuckle fighter Brain Maxwell but managed to recover and go the distance in his boxing debut.
Former world champion Jarrett Hurd, meanwhile, has some rebuilding to do after dropping a split decision against Luis Arias.
It’s a bit damp in Miami Gardens this evening and causing a bit of havoc!
Well it’s finally here, Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul.
Whether you think it’s a true fight or farce, you’re here because it promises entertainment. I for one can’t wait for it to get going. We’ve got just one more fight now before the main event and plenty of build-up to whet the appetite, so don’t go anywhere!
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