Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition fight against YouTuber Logan Paul ‘generated more than 1MILLION PPV buys’ with the bout rivalling Canelo Alvarez’s epic rematch with Gennady Golovkin in 2018
- Floyd Mayweather’s fight vs Logan Paul reportedly cleared 1million PPV buys
- The eight-round exhibition bout was subject of much debate and criticism
- But it proved to be popular with fans after hitting the rare benchmark
- The fight went the distance as Mayweather failed to knock the YouTuber out
Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition fight against YouTube star Logan Paul generated more than 1million pay-per-view buys, according to reports.
The eight-round bout in Miami was hotly-debated and widely criticised, with several leading figures in boxing deeming the clash as negative for the sport as hall of fame star Mayweather risked his reputation against the internet personality.
Fans were disappointed after the fight went the distance, with Mayweather – seen as one of the greatest boxers of all time – failed to stop his inexperienced opponent. Some even claimed the contest was ‘fixed’ after Mayweather appeared to stop Paul from falling to the canvas after landing a series of punches.
Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition against Logan Paul (L) cleared 1m PPV buys, reports claim
But despite the criticism, the fight – aired on Showtime for $49.99 in the US and £17 on Sky Sports in the UK – still managed to clear 1m buys on pay-per-view, as reported by the Athletic.
The figures would put the fight in esteemed company, with the last professional bout to reach a similar total being Canelo Alvarez’s rematch victory over middleweight rival Gennadiy Golovkin in 2018.
That fight – which saw the Mexican become the unified champion and hand his rival his first career defeat, is said to have cleared 1.5m buys, while Mike Tyson’s exhibition against Roy Jones Jr last year is also believed to have reached 1m.
The fight was heavily criticised after going the distance as Mayweather failed to stop Paul
If Mayweather and Logan did reach the 1m benchmark, they will have surpassed Tyson Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder in February 2020, which saw 900,000 fans order that fight.
However, the report claims the Miami exhibition’s figures could be heavily impacted by technical issues – with a number of fans asking for refunds after encountering issues while trying to watch it, due to overwhelming demand.
Former boxing stars such as Ricky Hatton have condemned the contest between Mayweather and Logan, with the former world champions fighter insisting it was ‘bad for boxing’, while promoter Eddie Hearn called it ‘a bad look for the sport’.
The figures would put the fight in the same league as Canelo’s rematch vs Golovkin in 2018
Mike Tyson’s exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr last year also reached the 1million mark
Mayweather himself admitted he is unlikely to fight in another exhibition again after pundits questioned his condition at the age of 44, and Hearn was damning of the unbeaten star – saying he looked ‘terrible’.
‘This never felt comfortable for me, the person this looked worse on than anybody, and he probably doesn’t care, is Floyd Mayweather,’ Hearn said.
‘He looked quite terrible. If you’re a young fan, you see Floyd Mayweather last night you go, “He was the best ever?”
‘I know that Logan Paul was hugging around, but I don’t know, I always said from the outside it was a bad look for the sport.’
Eddie Hearn joined the chorus of figures criticising the fight between Mayweather and Paul
But while a large number of fans may have purchased the fight on TV, Hearn was surprised by what he claimed was a empty looking arena in Miami.
‘I couldn’t believe how few tickets they sold. It’s kind of weird. I’m sure it performed well on pay-per-view but it looked like there was nobody there.
‘That was my first thought. I just saw some clips and I’m like, “What has happened?” It caused some interesting debate.
‘I saw Ricky Hatton say he was quite appalled. Being a promoter I’ve learned not to criticise too badly because you never know what you’re going to do in the future.’
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