Floyd Mayweather dominated his eight-round exhibition bout with Logan Paul and seemingly nearly landed the killer blow to complete off his YouTube rival.
With the profitable pay-per-view extravaganza to be determined solely by knock-out, technical knock-out or disqualification, the 2 males went the gap of their Miami bout on Sunday and most onlookers agreed it could have been awarded to Mayweather had factors been in operation.
But there was a short second the place the Corridor of Fame alumni appeared to catch his far heavier and youthful opponent by the ear and needed to hold him up.
To his credit score, the 29-year-old Paul – who has 29 million YouTube followers – was capable of put some stress on Mayweather, the 44-year-old former five-division champion, who got here in 4 weight lessons lighter than his opponent at 155 kilos to 189.5.
The bout started quietly and descended into one thing of a wrestling match in spherical three, earlier than Mayweather stepped his assault up a gear.
He had Paul retreating and searching drained after touchdown a collection of punches in spherical 4, then seemed near ending proceedings in direction of the tip of the fifth with a succession of physique blows.
Paul coped with the barrage, nevertheless, and stood his floor by the ultimate three rounds to earn appreciable on-line assist and reward from his rival.
“I had a good time shifting with these younger guys, check my expertise and simply to have some enjoyable. He’s a fantastic younger fighter, powerful, he’s higher than what I assumed he was,” Mayweather stated.
“He’s a tough competitor. I used to be stunned by tonight. Good work. Good man.”