If you’re wondering why Logan Paul is still relevant in today’s world, I have the exact same thoughts as you. I am genuinely concerned for his 23.1 million subscribers on YouTube.
Blink if you need help.
Though I am very unwillingly giving this man some more exposure, you’ll be glad to know that the man did get hit pretty hard by Mayweather, who has never lost a fight in his life.
But as we all know, the Pauls never stay down for long. They’ll pop back up like some annoying whack-a-mole game everywhere on the Internet.
And so, here are 10 facts about the Logan Paul Vs Floyd Mayweather fight that went down on Monday morning (6 Jun).
Who Is Logan Paul
If you’re one of the lucky ones to have not heard of his cursed name, good for you. Perhaps you might want to skip over the entire article so you don’t taint yourself with his existence.
Anyways, Logan Paul is a highly popular YouTuber who is known for his entertaining and comedic videos, having moved to the platform after Vine was shut down.
But who am I kidding? Instead of hearing about his popularity, most would know his due to his infamy—for being disrespectful, disruptive and comedic at the wrong timing.
In one of his vlogs, he saw a corpse in Japan’s suicide forest and decided to upload it online. Shit hit the fan: he made a public apology, went off the radar for a while and went back to his usual ways soon after.
Despite all his shortcomings, Paul has most definitely won the system. His earnings from his YouTube revenue, together with his merchandise brand and his mainstream media appearances, allegedly enabled him to buy a large mansion, a Mercedes, a Lambo and even support a team of content creators.
Oh, and he has also lost a boxing match before.
Who Is Floyd Mayweather
On the other side of the ring, we have Floyd Mayweather. You might not know what he looks or sounds like, but you’ve definitely heard of his name.
This man is a former professional boxer and has an insane record and reputation. He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2021.
Just looking at his Wiki page, you’ll see that he has participated in 50 fights and has won all 50 of them, not to mention more than half of them were won by KO.
However, just like Paul, he does have his fair share of controversies.
Mayweather has been accused and charged with domestic violence, as well as misdemeanour battery against women and a bouncer. He has also reportedly threatened to beat his children.
Boxing’s Most Important Accessories
The two most anticipated individuals turned up in their own subjectively tasteful gear before the fight.
Logan Paul entered the scene with a Pokemon card hanging around his neck, presumed to be the US$150,000 first-edition Charizard card that he bought last year. He later revealed it to be his “good luck charm”, in a press conference after the fight.
So if this is what a celebrity boxer wears, then what about a professional boxer?
It wasn’t too different actually. Mayweather came in with an OnlyFans hat, a content subscription service that is typically associated with sex workers.
I don’t suppose that that’s his lucky charm too?
What Is An Exhibition Fight?
Apparently, an exhibition match is defined as a sports match that is not part of a competition but instead serves to demonstrate the players’ skills.
This is evident in the rules of the Paul Vs Mayweather match, which are:
- No judges for the exhibition
- No official winner will be read at the end of the match
- Knockouts will be legalized. However, it will be up to the referee’s discretion
- There will be eight three-minute rounds during the exhibition
- The boxers will wear no headgear
- The boxing gloves will weigh 12 oz
A “Legalised Bank Robbery”
Yes, this is in Mayweather’s words.
The boxing match was a “pay-per-view” event, with enthusiastic fans dropping US$50 (~S$66) for a chance to catch the two fight it out.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mayweather had expected to make US$50 million to US$100 million from the exhibition match. As said earlier, fighters are usually paid an upfront fee and given a cut of the pay-per-view proceeds.
While there isn’t an official source, a few websites have claimed that Mayweather was guaranteed $10 million and 50% of the pay-per-view buys, while Paul was guaranteed $250,000 and 10% of the pay-per-view buys.
A spokesperson for the streaming service, ViacomCBS Inc.’s Showtime, noted that more customers signed up Sunday than on any other single day in the service’s history.
The New York Times also highlighted that around 25,000 people were expected to buy tickets to attend in person, in addition to the sponsorship and pay-per-view revenue earned.
I guess whatever Mayweather said was true.
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And that was exactly the case for the poor fans who had dumped a good amount of cash to watch the fight legally while the smarter ones turned to illegal streaming instead.
Showtime’s pay-per-view service went down at around 8:00pm Eastern Time (ET) before the main fight. However, for some users, the problems persisted into the main event, leaving them fuming at the service.
Since then, Showtime has been working with customers to offer them refunds for the disappointing interruption.
The Issue of Raining Punches (And Actually Landing Them)
In any fight, actually hitting your opponent would be much better than taking random swings that leave you gassed out.
For Mayweather—deemed as the best defensive boxer of all time and the most accurate puncher—this wasn’t an issue.
He threw a total of 107 punches in the eight-round fight and managed to land 43 of them.
On the other boxing glove, Logan Paul successfully connected 28 of his 217 punches, a mere 13% of his total shots.
Fight Ended in Boos
It was no surprise that the undecisive match was a disappointment to many viewers, who came to watch one of the Paul brothers get pummeled (again).
I honestly can’t blame them.
Many were expecting Mayweather to knock Logan Paul out, with his years of experience but no winner was declared as there were no judges to score the fight.
According to The Guardian, it seemed like the retired professional was also unwilling to risk ruining his flawless record by opening himself up to a lucky punch.
Other Celebrities Were There Too
Yes, other well-known athletes were participating in the event and apparently had much more entertaining matches to offer the fans.
Beginning at 8:00pm ET, the spectacle kicked off with the undercard fight featuring Badou Jack Vs Dervin Colina. The latter was a replacement for Jean Pascal who had tested positive for a drug test.
The other official fight saw Luis Arias facing off Jarret Hurd, with the former winning in a split decision by the judges.
Last but not least, a former NFL star, Chad Johnson, went against ex-MMA fighter Brian Maxwell in another “celebrity” exhibition match. There were no judges and no winner.
UFC President Not Amused
UFC President Dana White was absolutely not tickled by the celebrity boxing trend despite being a “boxing advocate” for most of his life, according to this article.
In fact, he’s very aware of the Paul brother’s involvement in the scene, always saying that he would have no interest in promoting either of the Paul brothers in the UFC.
“Like I said before, there’s always going to be a market for that kind of stuff. There’s always going to be people that are willing to put down $50 to watch that kind of stuff. That’s so far away [from what we do],” he expressed.
Citing the disappointment felt with Paul and Mayweather’s fight, he said that he “[doesn’t] ever want people feeling like that when they turn the TV off watching [UFC] fights.”
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