YouTuber Logan Paul recently compared himself to Conor McGregor, but now the 26-year-old has outdone the UFC superstar in at least one respect. Both Paul and McGregor fought Mayweather in superfight boxing matches that were among the biggest events in combat sports, but only one of them went the distance.
Mayweather and Paul went the full eight rounds on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Paul was younger, bigger and absurdly confident, but all that did for him was kept him from getting stopped.
You can see how the fight basically went below.
Paul was tough and brave, but Mayweather landed the cleaner and better punches. Moreover, it appeared that Mayweather didn’t even start trying to hit Paul in earnest until the third round and that Paul had trouble letting his hands go enough to be in the fight.
You can see the punch stats below.
After the fight, Mayweather congratulated Paul for going the distance.
“He was better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said.
Paul added, “This is one of the greatest moments in my life”.
Later, Paul asked a pretty serious question about his experience, and it’s one that most boxing fans who watched Mayweather compete in real fights would probably think they know the answer to.
“Did Floyd let me survive?” Paul asked.
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Jake Paul Reacts to Mayweather vs. Paul
About the only person on the planet who claimed Logan Paul beat Mayweather on Sunday night was his younger brother Jake Paul.
He posted, “GOTCHA F****** CAREER”.
Then, he posted, “50-1 HOLY F*** MY BROTHER JUST BEAT FLOYD MAYWEATHER”.
A little later, he lashed out at boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez.
He said, “you can’t sell PPV’s…I would eat you alive”.
Paul has his own boxing match lined up for August 28 against former UFC star Tyron Woodley. After that, maybe he can get his own fight against Mayweather.
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Boxing and UFC World Reacts to Mayweather vs. Paul
The boxing and UFC world were tuned in and ready to react to the fight.
As noted prior, Alvarez wasn’t impressed.
Former UFC Champ Cody Garbradnt agreed.
Boxer James Herring suggested he might take on a new strategy for his career.
Retired UFC champ Daniel Cormier posted, “Hats off to Logan Paul. He went 8 rounds with greatest boxer ever. Not a good look for Floyd.”
UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou started wondering about the reported monetary details about the fight. He posted, “It’s crazy to think that Logan Paul (0-1) just made $20M on a boxing exhibition. WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG?”
UFC fighter Aljamain Sterling played off younger brother Jake Paul’s hat stunt.
UFC middleweight contender Derek Brunson posted, “Well played!”.
UFC star Michael Chiesa seemed confused.
He posted, “And I thought my fights were boring.”
BT Sport’s Chamatkar Sandhu posted, “Logan Paul, a YouTuber went a full 8 rounds with Floyd Mayweather without getting dropped or knocked out.”
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger tried to put things in some perspective. He posted, “And it’s over. Surprisingly no KO for a Floyd Mayweather. And this is an exhibition so there is no official winner. Crowd not happy. Floyd warned y’all and called this event a legalized bank robbery”.
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Other Stars React to Mayweather vs. Paul
Other celebrities and stars were also watching the fight.
NBA star Lebron James posted, “Man this look like Mike Tyson punch out!”
Later, James showed his fans what he meant by that tweet. Paul just couldn’t seem to land any punches that mattered on his diminutive opponent.
Rapper Fat Joe was in attendance in Miami, and his reaction was captured onsite by boxing journalist Michelle Joy Phelps. He said, “I was surprised. I thought Floyd would knock him out…’.
Finally, ESPN’s Skip Bayless went on a full-scale social media tirade about the fight. Bayless seemed to believe Mayweather had tarnished his legacy somehow.
You can see some of those posts below.
Former NFL star Akbar Gbajabiamila predicted the eventual end and counts it as a victory, of some sort, for Paul.
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