Floyd Mayweather Jr. surpasses Logan Paul’s YouTube personality, but he can’t stop him from a distance.
Mayweather and Paul boxedSunday night at Hard Rock Stadium. As the match was not marked, no winner was announced.
The 44-year-old Mayweather used the ring skills that pushed him to world titles in five divisions and a 50-0 career record to disappoint Paul with solid leads and counter-strikes.
“You have to understand that I’m not 21 anymore, but it’s okay,” Mayweather said in the ring. “He’s better than I thought he was. Nice little job. Tonight was a fun night.”
Mayweather has won divisions titles in the super-lightweight, lightweight, super-lightweight, semi-lightweight and welterweight categories.
Strike statistics after the fight showed Mayweather comfortable ahead with total and powerful shots.
After the battle, Paul celebrated the achievement of the distance against Mayweather.
“Shoot, man, I don’t want anyone to tell me something’s never possible again,” Paul said. “Entering here with one of the greatest boxers of all time proves that the chances can be defeated.
Paul, who has a huge social media audience, is perhaps best remembered for controversy in 2018 when he posted a video of what appears to be the body of a suicide victim in Japan.
Paul weighs 189 pounds for the show and is trying to take advantage of his 34-pound advantage by leaning on the lower Mayweather. But Paul’s lack of boxing skills left him open to Mayweather’s short left hooks to his head and right to his body.
CBSSports.com reports that Mayweather was cautious early on, trying to figure out what Paul brought to the ring, and also trying to avoid clean photos of the star from YouTube. Paul came out in the ring with over 30 kilograms bigger and with a 6-inch advantage.
“He used his weight and tried to tie me up,” Mayweather said.
The 44-year-old Mayweather then noted that he will definitely not fight professionally again and “probably” there will be no other exhibition, CBSSports.com reports.
“Your children can’t eat inheritance. They can eat currency. I believe in building wealth for generations. That’s what’s important to me,” Mayweather said.
“This may be the last time we see him in the ring. Whether you like the show or not, whether you agree with it or not, give this man his flowers today,” Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza said after the fight.
Earlier, former Cincinnati Bengals successor Chad Johnson held a four-round show against multi-sport veteran Brian Maxwell. Like Mayweather-Paul’s show, there was no result, but Johnson avoided a knockout loss after being thrown headlong in the final round.
Johnson, in his first boxing event, survived to the end of the round. The 43-year-old Johnson scored with solid rights in the head in the first minute of the match and landed combinations to the head in the second round. But in the minute break before the fourth round, Johnson was breathing heavily and resting his hands on the ropes.
“It was fun, I lost my virginity tonight,” Johnson said of his initial boxing experience. “This is one for my bucket list. My life has always been to take risks.”
Luis Arias won a split against former super middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former super middleweight champion Badu Jack to stop Dervin Colina in the fourth round.