Floyd Mayweather, Logan Paul go the distance in exhibition bout

Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul went 8 rounds with each other in an exhibit boxing match Sunday at Acid rock Arena in Miami. No winner was revealed. A great deal of individuals who purchased the pay-per-view were bitterly mad due to the fact that there were technical concerns that avoided them from seeing it.

Mayweather went long stretches of the battle without tossing a punch. Paul landed however a handful of tidy punches on Mayweather, who was among the excellent protective fighters in his day when he acquired a 50-0 record and world titles in 5 weight classes in a profession that covered from 1996 through 2017.

Paul ended up being popular for publishing videos on YouTube.

Ring commentator Jimmy Lennon unintentionally summarized what this was everything about when presenting Paul prior to the battle. Paul, Lennon intoned solemnly, “specializes in wrestling, boxing and anything outrageous.”

And at the end of the day, what this was was an outrageous cash grab. It outraged lots of boxing perfectionists, however they got to see an impressive middleweight battle on the undercard, when Luis Arias outworked Jarrett Hurd and won a split choice.

That bout was whatever that Mayweather and Paul was not, however that was to be anticipated. Anybody over 13 who believed Paul had even a remote opportunity to beat Mayweather never ever saw a genuine boxing match. As Mayweather informed Yahoo Sports prior to the bout, he anticipated “a spectacle.”

And while it depends upon your meaning of phenomenon, it wasn’t an overall catastrophe. Nobody got harmed. Nobody was required to purchase it. And 2 fighters made millions. Will Showtime, which purchased this farcical boxing, earn a profit? Well, that stays to be seen after the battle’s earnings are counted.

Canelo Alvarez, boxing’s pound-for-pound king who lost to Mayweather in 2013, summed up the sensations of the boxing crowd when he published a face palm emoji on Twitter.

Mayweather might have ended the battle whenever he wished to, however there was absolutely nothing in it for him to do that.

And this keeps alive an opportunity for him to eliminate Jake Paul, Logan’s more gifted more youthful bro, down the line.

It was a masterclass, however not in boxing. It was a masterclass in marketing, public relations and salesmanship.

Does it harmed Showtime’s brand name? Most likely very little, especially not amongst the group of fans who value the deep and engaging schedule it has on the docket.

There are just a lot of fighters that they can pit versus the Paul bros. Once they lack Mixed Martial Arts fighters who will offer for a fast number of million, they’re in problem. Jake Paul will combat ex-UFC champ Tyron Woodley later on this year.

I don’t like it, however if they’re not pitting either of the 190-pound Paul bros versus, oh, the 115-pound Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, we’ll be none the even worse for wear.

Mayweather definitely was not. He approximated prior to the bout he’d make in between $50 million and $100 million, not a bad payday for 24 minutes of work.

He beamed a lot throughout the battle however couldn’t consist of the smile later. He’d called this battle “legalized bank robbery” in advance, and the smile most likely came when he understood he might purchase another estate or 2 and a number of more Ferraris.

“I had fun,” he stated. “You’ve got to realize, I’m not 21 any more. It’s good to move around with these young guys. He’s a great young fighter. He was strong as hell.”

Boxing has a long and storied history of its biggest champs battling exhibits. Muhammad Ali when dealt with professional wrestler Antonio Inoki, who crawled around the ring like a crab kicking at him.

By that requirement, this was the battle of the year.

Paul had a 34.5 pound weight benefit, a seven-inch height benefit and 18 years in age on Mayweather.

He didn’t humiliate himself by any stretch, however he didn’t look anything near to an expert fighter, either. If you think he needs to have, however, you’re missing out on the point. This was a home entertainment occasion with a number of boxing matches on it. Mayweather-Paul wasn’t among them.

Paul comprehended that and was thrilled simply to complete on his feet. Though he promised a knockout prior to the battle, it was plainly simply blowing.

“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” he said. “Damn, I’m happy.”

The people who dropped $50 to see it may not agree, but that’s a story for another time. It could have been a disaster and it wasn’t, and there was a truly great battle on the undercard.

From that viewpoint, it was a win for all included on business end of the offer.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JUNE 06: Floyd Mayweather (R) punches Logan Paul during their contracted exhibition boxing match at Hard Rock Stadium on June 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather punches Logan Paul throughout their exhibit match at Acid rock Arena on June 6, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Image by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.