MIAMI — Floyd Mayweather Jr. graced an American boxing ring for the primary time in 4 years Sunday, although his eight spherical bout with social media celebrity Logan Paul was something however an official professional boxing occasion.
Paul, 26, weighed practically 35 kilos heavier than the 44-year-old Mayweather (189.5 kilos to 155 kilos), however all the scale and bulk he had over Mayweather solely served to maintain him standing following one-sided boxing motion on the Laborious Rock Stadium.
Mayweather was credited with touchdown 43 of his 107 punch makes an attempt within the exhibition, adequate for a 40 % join price. Paul, whose solely earlier professional boxing expertise was a break up resolution loss to a fellow YouTuber named KSI in November of 2019, landed 28 of 217 makes an attempt for a 13 % price.
Simply as in his 2017 bludgeoning of professional boxing debutant Conor McGregor, Mayweather began slowly, permitting the bigger Paul to throw his finest punches within the first two rounds. Paul excited the gang on the finish of the primary spherical, throwing every part he had at Mayweather’s gloves to little impact. From that time, it was all Mayweather.
The 5-division champion, who was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame this 12 months, used the 6-foot-2 Paul’s physique and head as a canvas on which to color. Mayweather dusted off an previous trick in spherical three, popping his jab downstairs to freeze the taller man. Mayweather uncorked his first severe punch in that jab, touchdown a left hook on Paul as he tried for a counter uppercut.
Paul landed his remaining punch of notice within the fourth, a clubbing proper hand that made a loud noise however did nothing to discourage Mayweather.
Paul, who had advised that he’d be large enough to harm Mayweather, saying earlier than the combat that there are weight courses for a purpose, ended the fifth spherical by working away from the advancing Mayweather. Mayweather landed a proper hand after the bell, seemingly simply because he might.
As Paul drained, he tried to make use of his measurement to lean on and put on down Mayweather, although it did little to decelerate the punishment. Paul obtained in a single final taunt on the remaining bell, pointing to the clock as if to brag about going the space with a residing legend.
Mayweather, who had participated in aspect reveals outdoors of professional boxing, together with a wrestling match in opposition to WWE star The Large Present at WrestleMania, and a blowout of Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018, mentioned he would proceed to placed on exhibitions sooner or later.
“You’ve obtained to understand, I’m not 21 anymore nevertheless it’s good to maneuver round with these younger guys, take a look at my abilities simply to have some enjoyable,” mentioned Mayweather, who added that Paul was “higher than I assumed he was.”
For a combat titled “Bragging Rights,” that will serve to be the one in-ring accomplishment Paul must brag about. Nonetheless, Paul was proud of the end result and expertise.
“I don’t need anybody to inform me something is inconceivable ever once more. The truth that I obtained in right here with one of many best boxers of all time, it proves the percentages could be beat. Anybody can beat the percentages and do nice issues in life,” mentioned Paul.
“This is likely one of the best nights of my life, I’m completely happy.”
The exhibition headlined a Showtime pay-per-view card.