Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition fight against YouTuber Logan Paul ‘generated over 1 MILLION PPV purchases’ with the match rivaling Canelo Alvarez’s epic 2018 rematch with Gennady Golovkin
- Floyd Mayweather’s Fight Against Logan Paul Reportedly Approved 1 Million PPV Purchases
- The eight-round exhibition bout was the subject of much discussion and criticism
- But it proved popular with fans after reaching the rare benchmark
- The fight went on all the time when Mayweather couldn’t knock out the YouTuber
Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition fight against YouTube star Logan Paul generated more than 1 million pay-per-view purchases, according to reports.
The eight-round bout in Miami was hotly debated and widely criticized, with several of boxing’s leading figures viewing the clash as negative for the sport as Hall of Fame star Mayweather risked his reputation against the internet personality.
Fans were disappointed after the fight went to the extreme, with Mayweather – regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time – unable to stop his inexperienced opponent. Some even claimed the match was “fixed” after Mayweather appeared to prevent Paul from falling to the canvas after a series of punches.
Floyd Mayweather’s Exhibit Against Logan Paul (L) Cleared 1 Million PPV Purchases, Claim Reports
But despite the criticism, the fight – broadcast on Showtime for $49.99 in the US and £17 on Sky Sports in the UK – still managed to clear 1 million purchases on pay-per-view, as reported by the athletic.
The numbers would put the fight in esteemed company, with the last professional bout to reach a comparable total being Canelo Alvarez’s rematch win over middleweight rival Gennadiy Golovkin in 2018.
That fight – which saw the Mexican become the unified champion and give his rival his first career defeat – is said to have brought in 1.5 million purchases, while Mike Tyson’s exhibition against Roy Jones Jr last year also reportedly reached 1 million.
The fight was heavily criticized after Mayweather failed to stop Paul
If Mayweather and Logan reach the 1m benchmark, they will have surpassed Tyson Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder in February 2020, with 900,000 fans ordering that fight.
However, the report claims that the Miami exhibit’s numbers could be heavily impacted by technical issues – with some fans asking for refunds after experiencing issues while viewing the exhibit, due to overwhelming demand.
Former boxing stars such as Ricky Hatton have condemned the match between Mayweather and Logan, with the former world champion fighter insisting it was “bad for boxing” while promoter Eddie Hearn called it “a bad look for the sport”.
The numbers would put the fight in the same league as Canelo’s rematch against Golovkin in 2018
Mike Tyson’s practice fight against Roy Jones Jr last year also reached the 1 million mark
Mayweather himself admitted he’s unlikely to fight in another exhibition again after experts questioned his condition at age 44, and Hearn doomed the undefeated star – saying he looked ‘terrible’.
“This never felt comfortable to me. The person this looked worse on than anyone else, and probably doesn’t care about, is Floyd Mayweather,” Hearn said.
‘He looked terrible. If you’re a young fan, you’ll see Floyd Mayweather last night saying to you, “He was the best ever?”
“I know Logan was hugging Paul, but I don’t know, I’ve always said from the outside it looks bad for the sport.”
Eddie Hearn joined the chorus of figures who criticized the battle between Mayweather and Paul
But while a large number of fans bought the fight on TV, Hearn was taken aback by what he claimed to be an empty-looking arena in Miami.
“I couldn’t believe how few tickets they sold. It’s a little weird. I’m sure it performed well on pay per view, but it seemed like no one was there.
‘That was my first thought. I just saw some clips and I thought, “What happened?” It sparked an interesting debate.
“I saw Ricky Hatton say he was pretty shocked. As a promoter I have learned not to criticize too much, because you never know what you will do in the future.’