Floyd Mayweather faced Logan Paul in a boxing exhibition match in June. Five months later, Mayweather is finally admitting the harsh truth about the exhibition.
Paul, 26, is a social media personality. Though he has an athletic background, he is far from a professional boxer. That’s why people were so surprised — and impressed — that Paul lasted eight rounds against Mayweather and looked pretty good. No winner was announced in the fight because it was an exhibition, but Paul was commended for his effort.
Now Mayweather is here to finally set the record straight.
Mayweather spoke with Fight Hub TV for an interview at the WBC convention on Wednesday. During the interview, the undefeated former boxing champion was asked if he missed boxing. He said no and noted how he recently took on Paul. That’s when he shared the truth.
“We had fun, we gave the people just a little bit of entertainment, something to do. And people got to know there is a difference between a real fight and an exhibition,” Mayweather said.
“When I did an exhibition … all I did was workout from time-to-time, then I went and done a little 8-round exhibition. If it was a real fight, it would have been a blowout in the first round.”
And there you have it.
Those who know boxing know that Mayweather carried both Conor McGregor and Paul in their bouts. Against McGregor, Mayweather let the fight go 10 rounds before winning via TKO. With Paul, he let the fight go the distance.
Mayweather views these fights as business and entertainment. He’s putting on shows and trying to give the audience their money’s worth by letting the fight go on long rather than ending them early. The fights may be shams, but they are lucrative for Mayweather, so he has an interest in perpetuating the notion that he might lose. It’s surprising that he even let this slip out, but maybe he couldn’t contain himself.
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Logan Paul surprised a lot of people when he went the eight-round distance in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this month, but did he ask the former champion to go easy on him? Technically, yes, but it may not have been what it seemed.
An interesting clip from the Paul-Mayweather fight went viral over the weekend. It shows Paul telling Floyd to “chill” because the bout is “just an exhibition.” You can see the clip below:
Many people interpreted that to mean Paul was afraid of Mayweather, but that was not the case. Leading up to the fight, Mayweather and his promoter Leonard Ellerbe repeatedly downplayed Paul’s ability by reminding people the fight was only an exhibition. Paul just wanted to remind Mayweather of that once Floyd realized he had to take the YouTube star seriously.
Even Mayweather said after the fight that he was surprised by Paul’s ability. There was a theory floating around based on this video that Mayweather actually held Paul up at one point, but that did not happen.
Paul did tell Mayweather that the fight was “just an exhibition,” but that was likely just his way of talking trash.
Logan Paul surprised many people when he went the eight-round distance in his exhibition fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday night. After the match, a theory emerged that Mayweather actually knocked Paul down at one point and held him up to keep the fight going. As you would expect, Paul says there is not a chance that happened.
One video clip from the fight showed Mayweather landing a big right hand on Paul. The punch appeared to affect Paul, and some believed this camera angle showed he was knocked down, but Floyd held him up:
Other angles made it seem like Paul was just as responsible for the tie-up as Mayweather, so it seems unlikely that Floyd intentionally kept Paul on his feet. After seeing the clip go viral, Paul issued a response on his Instagram story Monday.
“I’m seeing this narrative going around that there’s one part of the fight where Floyd punched me and I kind of leaned on him a little bit and it looks like I kind of went limp,” Paul said. “People are trying to spin it and say that he knocked me out and caught me and kept me up to keep the fight going to the eighth round. Shut the f— up. Just shut the f— up. Stop trying to discredit what happened last night.”
Paul admitted that Floyd landed plenty of shots on him, but he said he is proud of the fact that he didn’t go down.
“Make no mistake, he got a lot of good punches in,” Paul added. “I got f—ed up (with) a couple of shots. I didn’t know my face could make that shape. But I never rocked, never blacked out, never got knocked out. He didn’t hold me up. He tried to take me out and he couldn’t.”
The theory certainly seemed farfetched. While it would make some sense for Mayweather to want to put on a show in a meaningless exhibition, keeping an unconscious opponent on his feet in the heat of battle — especially one who is much bigger than you — would be no easy task.
Mayweather probably didn’t train his hardest to fight Paul, but the comments he made after the exhibition were good business for both men.
Showtime had a technical issue during Sunday night’s pay-per-view event that undoubtedly cost them money.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul met for an exhibition fight on pay-per-view. The fight card also included former NFL player Chad Johnson making his boxing debut. But there was a major issue: fans encountered technical errors due to Showtime’s servers being down.
Those who ordered the fight were unable to log in to view it.
Worse, those who sought to buy the fight were unable to, which means Showtime was unable to capitalize on potential sales.
It’s hard enough to convince people to buy a fight after doing all this promotion. Then to not have the tech hold up just has to be crushing for the business.
There was no official winner for the Mayweather-Paul fight, but Floyd gave plenty of credit to Logan.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. paid Logan Paul a compliment after their exhibition fight on Sunday night.
Mayweather and Paul went the eight-round distance in their exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Mayweaher was 50-0 as a pro and one of the greatest boxers in history. So when he goes eight rounds with a non-professional like Paul, it makes people wonder how hard Mayweather tried.
Well, Floyd didn’t have a need to make himself look good. Instead, he praised Paul after the fight for being “tough” and better than he thought.
By going eight rounds and praising Paul, Floyd legitimizes Logan as an opponent. That is good business for both men. It allows Floyd to continue fighting exhibitions against unqualified fighters and get paid big bucks. It also lets people see Logan as a true threat, allowing him to continue scheduling big fights.
Oh, and don’t bother asking who won the fight, because one of the rules was that there would not be judges nor a winner.
Canelo Alvarez was not at all impressed by the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul fight.
Mayweather and Paul fought in an exhibition match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Sunday night. The exhibition went the distance, which just means Mayweather declined to finish Paul as early as he could have.
Alvarez was unimpressed and tweeted the facepalm emoji:
Alvarez’s reaction makes sense. He fights legitimate boxers in the ring and takes on serious risk. He fought Sergey Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto and more. Oh, and he fought Mayweather in 2013, when he suffered his lone loss. He knows what Mayweather is capable of when Floyd wants to win. So he probably could spot from a mile away that Mayweather was taking it easy.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul will be fighting in an exhibition match on Sunday, June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Mayweather is retired as a pro boxer and only agrees to do events where he knows he will make a lot of money for very little risk to his physical health. That is how you know he feels confident about the bout with Paul.
And while the fight already has had plenty of hype and shenanigans, it is missing one big thing. There won’t even be judges! There will not be a declared winner or loser!
The fight will be eight three-minute rounds. The fighters will use 12-ounce gloves and no headgear.
Knockouts will be allowed, and Mayweather hinted that someone might get KOd.
“I’m happy that we are able to go out and that someone can get knocked out. When someone can get knocked out, it’s a winner,” Mayweather said.
Paul also hinted at a knockout finish.
“I think I have to knock him out. Someone’s getting knocked out. Someone’s gonna quit,” he said.
So, this fight is not scripted, but both fighters are hinting at the way things will end. A knockout would likely be highly satisfying to the paying audience.
Floyd Mayweather’s company has filed a lawsuit against a company alleging breach of contract for failing to come through on promises to host the boxer’s fight with Logan Paul in Dubai.
TMZ Sports reported on Friday that Mayweather Promotions filed a suit seeking at least $122 million in damages from a company called PAC Entertainment Worldwide. PAC allegedly approached Mayweather’s company and said they had connections in Dubai, where they would be able to host Mayweather’s fight with Logan Paul.
PAC said they would be able to deliver guaranteed amounts of money to each fighter and profits of over $100 million for the fight promoters. Mayweather’s company signed an agreement that called for them to be paid a total of $110 million. The first payment of $30 million was due in March but never came.
Mayweather promotions ended up setting up the fight with Paul in Miami instead. They are now suing PAC for damages.
Mayweather and Paul are set to fight in an exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on June 6. Mayweather and Jake Paul got into it at a media event during the week.
Thursday’s media event between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather should give a preview to fans regarding what they are going to see if they buy the pay-per-view fight card featuring the men.
Paul and Mayweather are fighting in an exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on June 6. They had a staged encounter in front of the media in Miami on Thursday to build some hype for the fight. They were successful in getting a lot of attention on social media thanks to Jake Paul snatching Mayweather’s hat.
Take a look at this fakeness:
Jake Paul, who is Logan’s brother, is great at being a heel. But he is not the one who is fighting, nor would it matter.
Nobody should get this confused: this will not be a fight. The event is not official; it’s just an exhibition. Mayweather is retired and not looking to get hurt. Paul definitely won’t hurt him. Any conflict between them is completely manufactured.
Mayweather will do with Paul what he did with Conor McGregor: carry the guy for a few rounds to make it look like a fight. Floyd knows to give the fans their money’s worth. He also knows how to do what he does best: get paid the most for the least amount of effort. There’s a very good reason his nickname is “Money.”
Paige Spiranac is no fan of Logan Paul and doesn’t think much of the social media star’s upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Spiranac, the social media famous former golfer, described Paul’s fight with Mayweather as a “money grab” on her podcast. She also shared why she is not a fan of Paul.
Spiranac, 27, says she has hated Paul ever since receiving death threats from his fans.
“I did an anti-bullying talk at a school and it was right after Logan Paul filmed a guy committing suicide in this forest,” Spiranac said on her iHeartRadio show. “It was a huge controversy and I was asked what I thought about it.
“I said, ‘If you have a large following of a younger viewing audience, you have to be careful with the content that you put out there.’ And I think he should have been punished more by YouTube or his sponsors or there needed to be some form of consequence bigger than what he got.
“And I ended up receiving death threats by all of these kids in that high school, that they were defending Logan Paul, and so ever since then I have hated him.”
Spiranac also said she couldn’t believe people want to see Paul and Mayweather in the exhibition. Paul and Mayweather are aiming to shatter pay-per-view records, but we have lots of doubts about them being able to generate so many buys.
Spiranac is right. It’s hard to believe people would want to watch Paul and Mayweather in a fight that doesn’t count, especially when we know it’s just for money. But some people will.
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