Well, who would have thought?
Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers of all time, made light work of a complete and utter rookie here Sunday night in his first appearance since an equally simple win over a Japanese kickboxer in December 2018.
Logan Paul, of YouTube fame, is adept at being obnoxious, but throws him in a ring with a five-weight world champion and suddenly the 26-year-old doesn’t look all that smart or funny.
What a surprise.
Logan Paul caused a big shock by going the full distance against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather on Sunday night
The bare, predictable facts of a fight, if that’s the right description for a night when the boxing purists ran madly for the hills, where Mayweather used all his experience and boxing genius to pick a game, but a totally outclassed opponent who should stick to singing songs and playing jokes.
With this event classified as an exhibition, there were no ringside judges yet, if there had been Mayweather’s easy winner.
Again and again, Mayweather sucked his opponent in before making him pay.
Paul, who will now hopefully leave boxing alone, although fears that he will eclipse the sport in the future sadly persist, was younger, taller and heavier than the American, but still failed to harass the Moneyman traps that showed welcome flashes of his genius.
All the pre-fight rant about Mayweather being knocked out while brutally rejecting one of the most glittering resumes in the sport was being shown for what it really was – just pure and utter nonsense.
“He was better than I thought he was,” Mayweath admitted afterwards. “I did have a good time.”
To think that there were people here amongst a healthy crowd and watching from a distance who actually thought that Paul, with two fights to his name coming into this against a fellow YouTube sensation, actually had a glimmer of hope is really quite disturbing .
There was more chance of a South Florida blizzard than seeing Mayweath tumble to beat.
For the record, snow was seen here once in 1977, and although it only lasted about 90 minutes, another freak snowstorm is more likely than this serial fighter, or any other wannabe boxer, making any seasoned, professional fighter look foolish in front of the eyes of the sporting world.
Paul said he would try to make it competitive and some early bouts proved that the Westlake, Ohio man was true to his word.
With former heavyweight king Evander Holyfield ringside and a sane crowd in the home of the Miami Dolphins, there was certainly a great sense of combat here in South Florida, regardless of the misconception of pitting a rookie against someone of the sort. Mayweather.
That feeling dissipated once the action started in an encounter declared an exhibition rather than a fully licensed, professional match, meaning there were no judges and the only way to win was to defeat the opponent within the eight scheduled three minutes. to stop or knockout rounds.
Mayweather, who weighed in at 155 pounds as his opponent tipped the scales at 189.5 pounds, hopped around in the opening exchanges, trying to rock his younger opponent to sleep before delivering a jab that shook Paul’s head back.
Paul enjoyed some success towards the end of the first, a flurry of punches that forced Mayweather into frantic defense, something the Michigan native forged his career on.
In the third round, Paul looked tired as Mayweather started to take him off with blows to the body before a left hook smashed through a nonexistent defense.
As the match progressed, Mayweather’s superiority was clear to all.
Paul enjoyed some success in the fourth, hooking up with a right hook to the head, predictably, the most venomous blows came from Mayweather, the choice of which was a stylish feint with the man once known for giving CPR to a fish struggling to prove he wasn’t out of his depths.
“This is crazy,” said Paul as he was introduced by the ring announcer.
That much was true, but this must not happen again.
Leave boxing to the pros and internet madness to those who think it’s really funny.
As Paul will surely testify, there is nothing funny about being repeatedly punched in the head by one of the greatest fighters in history.
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