"The fact that I'm even up here proves that this s— is a simulation," declared Logan Paul at the weigh-ins, a night before he'd step in the ring to fight Floyd Mayweather. A fair conclusion too, it'd seem. A YouTuber turned boxer going up against a former five-division world champion. A 0-1 going up against a 50-0. A twenty-six year old rookie going up against a forty-four year old hall-of-famer—the former, twenty kilograms heavier and half a foot taller. No matter how you phrase it, it doesn't quite add up. Perhaps, that's why the event drew the intrigue of millions.
On Sunday night in Miami, Florida, the fight which nobody asked for—but everyone watched—went down in spectacularly boring fashion. The eight rounds of exhibition involved little punching, significant hugging, and they ended without a winner. Paul took full advantage of the rules—mainly the lack of judges, stipulating that the fight could only be ended by knock-out—and grappled with Mayweather to an extent that would normally lead to a points deduction. Mayweather, though in control of the fight, felt the weight of his Goliath-like opponent. The two often had their arms tangled up before either could land meaningful punches.
This came much to the disappointment of the sold-out arena. Judging by the boos, most of them had paid to see a YouTuber end up on the canvas. Instead, the fight ended up showcasing the true importance of weight classes. Mayweather might be the greatest of his generation but it's a big ask for him to knock-out an opponent whom he can barely reach. Even when the skill difference between the two surpassed heaven-and-earth, Paul's size gave him enough of an advantage to weather the eight rounds.
All in all: a bad night of entertainment, a bad night for boxing, but all smiles from the two who donned gloves. I mean, who wouldn't be happy with an eight-figure paycheck and barely a scratch on their face?
"When it comes to legalized bank robbing, I'm the best," declared Mayweather at the post-fight press conference.
UFC's heavyweight champion of the world, Francis Ngannou, was quick to bring up the absurd purse amount which Paul takes away from the fight. Combat sport salaries have been a hot topic ever since influencers began stepping into the ring. By leveraging on their fanbase, personalities such as the Paul brothers have made more from single events than most professional fighters do over the course of their career.
It's crazy to think that Logan Paul (0-1) just made $20M on a boxing exhibition.
WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG? 🤔
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 7, 2021
The apparent victor
Although the fight itself was free of judges, Paul seems to have won the better end of the bargain. He's twenty million dollars richer and didn't have to be carried off the canvas. Talk about defying expectations.
Hats off to Logan Paul. He went 8 rounds with greatest boxer ever. Not a good look for Floyd.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 7, 2021
The other half of the Paul brothers, Jake, was seen calling out Canelo Alvarez, boxing's reigning pound-for-pound king. Jake is currently set to fight former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on August 28.
you can’t sell PPV’s
I would eat you alive https://t.co/oo4qiufrZS
— Paul Paul (@jakepaul) June 7, 2021
Everyone's in agreement
— ATP Tour (@atptour) June 7, 2021
Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather pic.twitter.com/MgFNtMA04H
— Omar Galicia ❼ (@OmarGaliciia) June 7, 2021