Store the foil hats.
On Sunday, Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather fought to the end of eight rounds in an exhibition match that pitted the YouTube star and the great boxer in a true “What the heck is going on?” moment in 2021.
Without a judge, the fight went without a winner, although Mayweather “won” the match easily, landing more and cleaner punches throughout. One backlash from Mayweather in particular seemed to have hobbled Paul, but a clinch from Paul (with some apparent help from Mayweather) kept him on his feet.
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The video of the stunned Paul made some believe that Mayweather may have outplayed the greatest fighter in the ring, knocking him out “accidentally” but holding him up to help the fight go further and give people their money’s worth.
Paul took to Instagram to voice his complaints about the conspiracy and pat himself on the back:
“I’m looking at this narrative that says there is a part of the fight when Floyd hit me and I leaned on him a little bit and it seems like I went limp.” Paul said (via Yahoo Sports). “And people are trying to turn it around and say he knocked me out and caught me and kept me awake to keep the fight until the eighth round, stop trying to discredit what happened last night …
“Make no mistake, he took a lot of good hits. There are a couple of pictures, I didn’t know my face could make that shape. But he never swayed, he never fainted, he never obviously got knocked out. He didn’t. Hold me. He tried to pull me off. And he couldn’t. It was great. “
Novelty exhibition bouts are a boxing staple, so Paul and his brother Jake’s latest in-ring forays aren’t entirely new. Both Paul brothers are infamous internet stars by trade, so consider the fact that Logan Paul did eight rounds with one of the greatest fighters of all time, a small accomplishment.
Regardless of the outcome, an old boxing adage still holds true. People pay for fights to see one of two things: fighters deliver greatness or fighters are knocked out. Fortunately for Paul, he still hasn’t been the receiver for that second half.